The all-party meeting with the Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Uluberia ended in a fiasco when the administration on Wednesday ensured that food packets for agents inside the counting centre will not be allowed.
On Wednesday the District Administration had called for a discussion with representatives of all the political parties the norms that to be followed when the counting will be in progress on May 19.
Sources said that at the beginning only the District Administration read out the norms that are to be followed by representatives of all political parties in the counting centre. The norms are implacable to all the 90 counting centres in the state. An elaborate arrangement has been made to assure that no untoward incident take place in and around the counting centres.
Only those having the identity cards given by the Election Commission can enter the counting centres. But soon the situation took a worse turn, when representatives of most of the political parties there had started showing resentment after listening to some of the points those mentioned by the district authorities.
Representatives of the political parties later stated that there is no sufficient space for the agents inside the counting centre. Moreover, restriction has been imposed on carrying food inside the counting centres for the agents. They told the district authorities that it is not possible for an agent to do his job without having food for the entire day.The district authorities, however, refused to accept that the meeting ended with a fiasco.
It is learnt that the district authorities later told to representatives of the political parties that they will have a discussion with senior officials to solve the problem of supplying food to the agents. But there will be no changes in the sitting arrangement for the agents of the political parties inside the counting centre.
The district administration will hold a meeting on Thursday to settle the issue and accordingly the political parties will be informed, sources said. It may be mentioned that the Election Commission has brought in many norms for the first time on the counting day of the Assembly election. Thus the representatives of the political parties are taking some time to make their agents well aware of the norms.