EC to hold video conference today
Senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) will hold a meeting with the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary of the state through a video conference on Monday to take a stock of the law and order situation in the state.
It may be mentioned that the Commission had sent a letter to the Home Secretary of the state on Saturday saying that it is not only the commission’s prerogative to maintain law and order and the State government cannot shed its responsibilities in maintaining law and order situation. This came a day after senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Gupta urging him to take action against those who had killed his party activists. Roy while talking to the media outside the CEO office threatened that they would put up demonstration with the dead body if one more Trinamool Congress activist was killed by the goons.
Following the incident the CEO office had sought the intervention of the election commission which had instructed the CEO office to write to the Home Secretary of the state stating that the state administration must ensure the safety and security to the people. It was learnt that senior Election Commission officials would discuss the issue with the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary of the state and ask them to take necessary arrangements to maintain law and order situation.
Senior Election officials from Delhi will also hold another two sets of meeting with the CEO and the District Magistrates in which they will review the poll preparations so far. They will look into what measures had been taken to conduct the polls in free and fair manner. The district magistrates from all the districts will be asked about the non-bailable warrants that were still pending.