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Mamata blames EC as 'undemocratic and biased' and seeks a probe in to the transfer order

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 6 2019 6:11PM
Mamata blames EC as 'undemocratic and biased' and seeks a probe in to the transfer order
Kolkata, Apr.6 (HS): Initiating a direct confrontation with the Election Commission over the transfer of four senior police officials before the elections, West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee here today demanded an inquiry by the Commission to know ''how and under whose guidance the decision of transfer of these officers have been taken''. Sending a strongly worded letter to the Election Commission to lodge her formal protest against its yesterday''s transfer order, which she described as ''highly arbitrary, motivated and biased'', the Chief minister today said ''We have every reason to believe that the decision of the Commission is at the behest of the ruling party at the centre i.e. BJP. ''Claiming that ''a few days back, it was in the press statements of BJP leaders making comments that senior officers in the state Police administration would soon be replaced by the ECI'', the Chief in her letter also blamed Prime minister Narendra Modi for making a statement in a TV show ''that law and order situation is bad in Bengal and that is why 7 phase election has been ordered''. ''This flow of events gives rise to strong doubts whether the commission is functioning as per its constitutional mandate of conducting a free and fair elections or working in a manner to appease the ruling BJP at the Centre'', she said in her letter and questioned ''whether this step is to give shield to the vested interests parties and their political masters". Moreover, the chief minister said since ''law and order is a state subject, no consultation was made with the state government and the practice of seeking a panel of names of officers has not been followed ''. ''By not following this established practice and not seeking a panel of officers from the state government, the action of ECI is prima facie undemocratic, biased and suffers from principles of natural justice'', the Chief minister in her letter suggested and urged the commission to review its decision of transfer of four officers of the state. Now it remains to be seen how the Commission would react to her strongly worded letter to the independent body and whether they would ignore it or take an exemplary step in view of the imposition of the model code of conduct. It may be recalled that the EC in a directive to the state chief secretary yesterday ordered immediate transfer of four senior police officials including those of Kolkata and Bidhan Nagar Police Commissioners and two SPs of Birbhum and Diamond Harbour on the basis of their past performances during elections. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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