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Congress appeals to EC to clear fear psychosis among voters

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 13 2019 5:27PM
Congress appeals to EC to clear fear psychosis among voters
Kolkata, Mar.13 (HS): West Bengal Pradesh Congress today demanded that all the 77,000 odd polling booths in the state musty be declared as ''very sensitive and sensitive'' by the Election Commission to ensure a free, fair and peaceful Lok Sabha elections. Leading a Pradesh Congress delegation to the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer(CEO), Aftab Abid, WBPCC President Somen Mitra and the party''s Rajya Sabha member Pradip Bhattacharya expressed serious doubts at the possibility of holding a ''free,fair and peaceful parliamentary elections in Bengal'' and demanded immediate deployment of central para military forces in every polling booth besides declaring each of them either as very sensitive or sensitive depending on their threat perspective. Blaming that the overall law and order situation in the state, let loose by the present government, had broken down and that there was no possibility of any peaceful poll this time,both Mitra and Bhattacharya said unless the Election Commission took full control of the entire situation in the state, as per the constitutional provisions, with stern measures,there was no hope of any free and fair elections in Bengal. Expressing their strong opposition to the prevailing situation in the state,they said it was very unfortunate that in spite of the declaration of elections dates and the implementation of the model code of conducts since Sunday evening, all administrative orders were still now being given by the bureaucrats as directed by the chief secretary. This must be stopped immediately,they said . Further alleging that a fear psychosis was currently prevailing across the state because of the alleged strong arm tactics of the ruling TMC, the WBPCC President reiterated the demand for immediate deployment of enough central para military forces to bring back confidence among the electorate for a free and fair poll. Moreover, the EC must play a tough roll to bring complete normalcy well before the polling dates. But when their attention was drawn to the daily official reports, being submitted to the CEO by the state administration claiming total normalcy in the state, Mitra alleged that most of these reports were ''tutored'' as there was no monitoring of the Commission. Citing the example of Chopra in North Dinajpur district where two Congress workers were killed yesterday, Bhattacharya urged the CEO to visit the spot himself and take stock of the prevailing situation before initiating suitable steps. This was just the tip of an iceberg, the Rajya Sabha MP said and demanded immediate action from the Commission to bring an end to the sense of fear psychosis among the voters before the poll next month. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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