The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday also alleged that Adhikary had held talks with police officers. The allegation was proved false after the Election Commission of India (ECI) conducted an inquiry.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar said on Thursday that after receiving complaints from Misra, a probe was conducted and reports were sought from district administration. The report said that no such meeting was held between Adhikary and the police officers. “Hence, the allegations are baseless and false,” Sarkar said. The ECI has also been informed on the matter.
The matter has brought sheer embarrassment to the CPI(M). Misra held a press conference on Tuesday alleging that Adhikary had held a meeting with the officers-in-charge (OICs) of seven police stations at Banamali Girls College. He further alleged that the police officers were planning to create trouble on May 5, when polling would be held in East Midnapore.
Contradicting Misra, Niranjan Sihi, East Midnapore district president of CPI(M), alleged that the meeting had been held at Panskura B Ed College and not at Banamali Girls College. The authorities of Panskura B Ed College said the allegations were baseless and no meeting was held in the college premises. They said it was a deliberate attempt to malign the goodwill of the college.
Adhikary said he had sent legal notice to Misra and a defamation case would be filed against him. “It shows how nervous CPI(M) is. They have realized that Trinamool is coming back with more seats and hence are making such statements. The people are with us. They have got benefits from the projects and we do not need police to scare them. It is the policy followed by CPI(M) for 34 years. It will not work in east Midnapore,” he said.
Adhikary, when contacted, said: “Misra has gone mad and so he is talking irrelevant. Why should I hold a meeting with the OICs when I know that TMC is going to win from the seat? Instead of tracking me down, he should see why his party had failed to field polling agents in more than 80% booths.” He also lashed out at Central Forces for allegedly trying to terrorise voters, Trinamool Congress, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) of sending Central Forces to terrorise voters.
“The Central Forces are terrorising voters. They are seen beating and threatening voters. The BJP and (Prime Minister) Modi have sent the Central Forces with the sole intention of terrorising voters and creating havoc on the poll day,” Adhikari, also party candidate from Nandigram assembly seat, said.
He, however, expressed confidence that people would cast their votes in favour of development work ushered in by TMC. “People will give a befitting reply to the reign of terror,” Adhikari said.
Election Commission has deployed 361 companies of central forces who are being assisted by a contingent of 12,000 state police person for the sixth and last phase of polls on Thursday in East Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.