'BJP's demand an insult to Bengal'
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Saturday informed the Election Commission of India (ECI) delegation that the BJP's demand of declaring all booths in Bengal 'super sensitive' is an insult to the people of the state where previous elections have been held peacefully.
A delegation of the ECI led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a meeting with all the political parties on Saturday. "Bengal has seen all-round development and the law and order situation in the state is peaceful. The BJP lacks organisation in the state and so are resorting to tricks and constantly pressing with the Election Commission that the law and order situation is a problem here," Chatterjee told reporters after a TMC delegation led by party's All India general secretary Subrata Bakshi met Jain at Bengal Chamber.
Reiterating that the TMC wants free and fair election in the state, Chatterjee said the Opposition, particularly BJP, is trying to present a false and fabricated picture of the law and order situation in the state. He challenged the BJP to furnish documentary evidence of the Panchayat polls in which the latter had claimed there were incidents of violence.
It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Mahila Congress has organised a two-day dharna on Rani Rashmoni Avenue that started from Friday on the same issue, stating that BJP has insulted Bengal by demanding declaration of all 77,000 odd booths in the state as 'super sensitive'.
"The Left Front has fielded candidates in only 25 seats while the Congress is still struggling. The BJP is luring those leaders who have become insignificant for the TMC," Chatterjee said.
The BJP delegation again pressed to declare all booths in the state 'super sensitive' while Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharjee urged to assign media observers ahead of the elections. Left Front leader Rabin Deb said the Election Commission has already implemented their demand and have made it clear that no civic volunteers in the state will be deployed on poll duties.