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EC to send Deputy Election Commissioner to Murshidabad district to review law and order

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 9 2019 5:27PM
EC to send Deputy Election Commissioner to Murshidabad district to review law and order
Baharampore/Kolkata, 9 April (HS): Expressing serious concern at the prevailing law and order situation in the bordering district of Murshidabad in West Bengal, the Election Commission of India (ECI) today decided to send Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain to the district for a first hand review of the situation before the poll in the district on 23 April. According to sources at the office of the State Chief Electoral Officer here, the Commission took such an unprecedented decision on the basis of a detailed report from the state''s Special Police Observer Vivek Dube who is currently camping in the district headquarters at Baharampore to meet the leaders of all political parties as well as senior police and administrative officials. Since the two Lok Sabha constituencies - Jangipur and Baharampore - in Murshudabad district are going to the polls on 23 April in the third phase of the seven phase elections in the state, the Election Commission is seemed to be determined to ensure a free, fair and peaceful elections in both the constituencies, unlike what happened during the last year''s Panchayat poll when vast majority of electorate could not cast their votes because of violence and strong arm tactics adopted allegedly by the ruling Trinamool Congress. Since his arrival here yesterday, Vivek Dube held separate meetings with the representatives of all political parties to know their views about the present law and order situation and the prospect of a peaceful and fair and fair elections in the district. According to reports,while the ruling TMC had expressed satisfaction at the present situation and hoped for a peaceful poll, the representatives of all opposition parties comprising BJP,Congress and the Left Front spoke otherwise and demanded the deployment of only Central Forces to generate confidence among the voters.''We have no faith in the state police because of our past experience during the Panchayat elections'', they reportedly stated in unison and pressed for their demand. Dube who also held a meeting with all seven Election Observers in the district,as appointed by the Commission, to know their views before sending his report suggesting the dispatch of a senior official from the EC to see the ground reality before taking the final decision about the deployment of Central forces only. Now it remains to be seen what actions the EC would take after the proposed visit of the Deputy Election Commissioner before the multi corned elections later this month. Congress have won both the seats during the 2014 elections when Avijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, won the Jangipur seat, his compatriot and former West Bengal Pradesh Congress President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury defeated his nearest TMC rival to clinch the Baharampore seat for the third time in a row. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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