EC’s response to Mamata’s grievance on Nandigram booth smacks of bias from opposition get-togethers

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The Fee also mentioned that her letter mentioning booth capturing and outsiders’ existence was “preceded by a enormous protection all more than the country… which showed dozens of audio-visible shots of your remaining in this polling station and actually hurling an avalanche of allegations on some officials performing with the govt of West Bengal by itself, paramilitary forces and at some point the Election Commission”.

The actuality is she was not within the booth and spent just about two several hours sitting down outdoors the booth.

The Fee stated it is regrettable that a “media narrative was sought to be weaved hour just after hour to misguide the biggest stakeholders, which is the voters, by a candidate who also transpires to be CM of the state”. Does the Commission intend to say that media has been at the beck and phone of Mamata? In truth, the EC was generating insinuations from the media for masking the incident.

If at all the Election Commission was so concerned of the fallout of her “side show”, it really should have acted rapidly. It is heartening to notice that EC does not allege that she staged a dharna generating hindrance in the polling course of action. Rather it mentions: “And all this was staying completed when the election method was/is on. There could not have been a higher misdemeanour”.

In simple fact, if the EC was intrigued in holding a free of charge and good election, it should really not have ignored 63 complaints lodged by Mamata considering the fact that that morning. Mamata experienced even contacted the Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and lodged a complaint with him. It is seriously a matter of shame for the Election Commission. The perspective and technique of EC experienced provoked her to remark that ‘EC was doing work at the course of Amit Shah’.

The most recent action of the EC is far more for protecting the CEC and other commissioners. Mamata, moreover composing to Dhankar, has also threatened to take lawful action. In this backdrop, proverbial “offence is the very best defence” has been the ideal system to steer clear of the disaster.

The CEC knows it effectively that underneath the existing policies and provisions, he can place Mamata in embarrassing scenario. This would deflect the interest of the individuals and political events from its very own misdemeanour.

It is worth mentioning the observation of the Main Electoral Officer of Bengal, Ariz Aftab. He explained: “Wheelchair-certain Banerjee was trapped in the booth for virtually two hrs just before a significant amount of CAPF personnel and senior officers achieved there and escorted her out, soon after bringing the condition under handle.”

If Mamata was generating troubles, then why did she have to be “escorted” out? In actuality, she was gheraoed by the aggressive BJP cadres who had been shouting “Jai Sri Ram” slogans.

In all fairness the EC must have outlined this in its letter as an alternative of producing “side show”.

While Mamata experienced demanded re-polling at the stated booth, the Fee did not concede to her need. This is undoubtedly not a very good omen. It seems that it relied additional on denial of the BJP prospect who reported it was mere allegations levelled by the TMC and claimed the ruling get together ‘has lost it, sensing defeat’.

The EC owes a rational reply why it did not purchase a repoll at this booth.

Drastically, when Mamata attained Boyal, she was greeted with the slogan ‘Jai Sri Ram’ remaining shouted by the BJP personnel.

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