The Election Fee of India on Thursday wrote to the Trinamool Congress, stating that the letter concerning the “assault” on chief minister Mamata Banerjee was stuffed with “insinuations and averments that query the very foundation of the creation and functioning of the Election Fee”.
The confrontation started shortly after Banerjee sustained accidents in what her occasion described as “an try on her life” in a letter to the fee, which it additionally accused of taking up the regulation and order equipment “within the title of conducting elections”.
“On the outset, it must be acknowledged that the accidents sustained by Ms Banerjee… is certainly an unlucky incident and deserves to be inquired into with promptitude and dispatch,” the fee mentioned in its response to the occasion. “Having mentioned that, the memorandum (letter despatched by TMC) in query is filled with insinuations and averment.”
The fee additional added that it’s “fully incorrect” to state that EC has taken over the regulation and order state of affairs within the state and “within the title of conducting elections and appropriated the entire authorities construction”.
“This (is) nearly tantamount to undermine the very basis and cloth of the structure of India,” the communication reads. “The fee doesn’t applicable or take over the daily governance of any state, together with West Bengal, which retains on functioning as per the extant guidelines of enterprise and work distribution usually accepted by the chief minister.”
TMC, in its letter to the chief electoral officer of the state on Wednesday, had mentioned the Election Fee has “taken over the regulation and order equipment within the state” and changed the director basic of police with none session. It added that inside 24 hours of the DGP’s elimination, the one lady chief minister of India was attacked and an “try was made on her life”.
“On the time of the assault, neither the SP, nor the native police was current to offer her safety cowl,” the letter states. HT has seen a duplicate of the letter. Parliamentarians from TMC are additionally slated to fulfill the Fee on Friday to debate the state of affairs.
Bharatiya Janata Social gathering and Trinamool Congress have each approached the Election Fee, as slugfest over the “assault” on Banerjee in Nandigram escalated.
BJP has additionally approached the Fee to probe the incident. Among the BJP leaders together with the occasion’s state chief spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya and senior chief Tathagta Roy additionally visited the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata to fulfill the chief minister.
An individual conversant in the matter mentioned that Banerjee is the chief minister in addition to the house minister of the state. “The Fee has sought the main points of the incident, it’ll consider the matter accordingly,” the individual mentioned.
The Election Fee has additionally sought a report from Allapan Bandyopadhyay, chief secretary West Bengal, Vivek Dubey, particular police observer, and Ajay Nayak, particular basic observer. The officers are anticipated to show of their report by Friday night, that’s, inside 48 hours of the incident.
The upcoming polls, slated to start March 27 and conclude on May2, are significantly contentious because the BJP has amped up its efforts to unseat the incumbent chief minister.
The 294-member meeting will vote in eight phases, which has itself been a contentious difficulty with TMC alleging that it was designed to offer the BJP extra time to “management” the elections. Final 12 months, when BJP occasion chief JP Nadda’s convoy got here beneath assault barely 60 kms away from the capital, Kolkata, the central authorities had ordered an inquiry into the incident.
In keeping with former CEC VS Sampath, Banerjee is entitled to safety as each CM and a candidate. “Any candidate who feels they’re beneath menace, is entitled to safety,” Sampath mentioned. “Whereas the Fee doesn’t give direct safety, they’ll make a menace appraisal for any candidate. They are going to make an evaluation and ask authorities to offer safety.”
Sampath added that the Fee has its personal observers within the state and can search the report on this explicit case. “The Fee will depend on the details of the case; it has not solely sought a report from the chief secretary but in addition its personal observers. On the finish of the day, the Fee’s precedence is to make sure free and honest polls within the state,” he mentioned.