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BJP and others welcome while TMC has reservations

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 10 2019 9:13PM
BJP and others welcome while TMC has reservations
Kolkata,10 March(HS): The Election Commission''s decision this evening to hold Parliamentary elections in 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in seven phases,was heartily welcomed by BJP as well as Congress and the CpI-M,while the ruling Trinamool Congress, as expected, expressed its strong reservations for the long duration of votes in the midst of Ramzan month. Welcoming the EC''s decision for the long duration of votes in West Bengal from 11 April to 19 May in seven phases along with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha,Left front Chairman Biman Bose and senior CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty said they had no objection in the EC ''s decision. It also showed how concerned was the Election Commission about the overall law and situation in the state,Sinha said and expressed his happiness at the determination of the Commission to make the whole electoral process free and fair to ensure that every electorate could cast his or her vote without any fear of favor and in a total peaceful ambiance. The ground reality in Bengal was obvious to the Commission following the large scale electoral malpractices in the state during the last year''s Panchayat elections, where not only several people lost their lives in violence,large number of voters also could not exercise their franchise because of fear for attacks from the TMC goons,Sinha alleged. He, however,hailed the possibility of holding the poll under the strict supervision of the Central Para Military forces and not by the state police, as was done during the Panchayat elections despite protests.When his attention was drawn to the comments made by TMC Birbhum district President Anubrata Mondal when he stated that following today''s poll announcement, their(TMC''s)alleged ''action'' would begin,Sinha said ''now it is the time for him to remain at the receiving end of action and it is the time for him to wait and see how the Commission would conduct a free and fair elections''. Echoing similar sentiments Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and senior CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty also welcomed the EC''s decision of holding seven phase elections in Bengal. ''We just want it to be absolutely free,fair and peaceful and without any fear or favor'',Bose in his initial reaction said. But according to Chakraborty, since the Election Code of Conduct has already came in to force from tonight,all cut outs of Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and other political leaders in the state and of the Center must be removed within the next 24 hours . Similar views were also expressed by the Congress. Its leader Debabrata Banerjee said the possibility of pre poll violence must be stopped at any cost in the state.''We hope that the Election Observers would also play their role properly and would not remain a puppet in the hands of the state authorities in terms of the proper deployment of Central forces,particularly in sensitive booths. But on the contrary, the ruling TMC has expressed its strong reservations about the EC''s decision to hold Lok Sabha poll in seven phases in Bengal, unlike most of the other states. Commenting on the issue, City Mayor and state PWD minister Firhad Hakim said the state''s minority community would have a tough time since the elections here would be held in the midst of the Ramazan month. ''We fail to understand why the Commission has decided to hold elections in a peaceful state like West Bengal for more than a month'', he stated further but refused to comment more on the issue because of the EC''s Code of Conduct. As per the final electoral roll in January this year,a total of 6,97,60,868 voters including about 3.45 crore women, would cast their ballots in this year''s Lok Sabha elections in Bengal where a total of 78,799 polling stations would be set up before the poll. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur Bhattacharya/Manohar \
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