New Delhi: A BJP delegation comprising senior Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nirmala Sitharaman met the Election Commission here on Wednesday and demanded that West Bengal be declared as super-sensitive state and central forces be deployed at all polling booths.
The BJP also demanded that a media observer be appointed for the state.
“We have demanded that the state of West Bengal should be declared as super-sensitive state. We’ve also demanded that central forces be deployed at all polling booths,” Prasad told reporters after the meeting.
Prasad was accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Kailash Vijayvargiya, the party in-charge of West Bengal.
“We have conveyed to the Election Commission that Bengal’s track record in free and fair election is very deplorable. Recently, 100 people were killed during local body and gram panchayat polls,” he said.
Civic police is appointed in West Bengal which acts as Trinamool Congress’ activists, Prasad said, adding that all deployment be done under the supervision of central observers.
There is no freedom for media also in West Bengal, Mr Prasad said. “We have demanded that a media observer be appointed for Bengal,” he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the list of Trinamool Congress candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, dropping 10 sitting parliamentarians. Allotting 41 per cent of the tickets to women, the list included a number of Bengali celebrities like Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.
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