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Lok Sabha elections 2019| Election Commission insulting people of Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) continued to attack the Election Commission (EC)-appointed poll observers for West Bengal on Sunday, with party chief and chief minister Mamata Banerjee accusing the officials of “insulting” the state’s people and working at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The [poll] officers are abusing and insulting the people of the state. The BJP is trying to run a parallel government in the state. Two retired officers have been sent to run the government, this is unconstitutional. They are trying to help the BJP… Bengal will not tolerate any kind of abuse,” she said during a rally in Nadia district.

Banerjee’s comments come a day after the TMC approached the poll watchdog against special poll observer for the state, Ajay V Nayak, after news agency PTI quoted him as saying that the situation in Bengal was similar to “what it was in Bihar around 10 to 15 years ago”.

According to PTI, Nayak added that people have lost faith in the state police and sought deployment of central forces at all polling booths.

However, the authenticity of the statement attributed to Nayak was shrouded in confusion as he was quoted on camera as saying that “law and order in the state has improved a lot”.

According to news agency IANS, Nayak made the comments over the law and order situation in the state during an off-camera interaction with reporters.

In a letter to the EC on Saturday, TMC general secretary Subrata Bakshi said: “Mr. Nayak has political and organizational allegiance to RSS… His statement clearly indicates that he has acted as per the instruction of his political boss i.e. party in power at the Centre i.e. BJP.”

Bengal BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu rejected Banerjee’s allegations, stating: “Sometimes she calls central forces extortionists. Sometimes she calls EC partial. All this reflects her fear of defeat.”

First Published:
Apr 21, 2019 23:52 IST

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