Amid the electoral campaign, the game between regional and central is at its interesting peak. After the polling dates were announced, this borrowed vivid questions to the Election Commission of India. The eight phases of polling in Bengal have served as a gold coin at the BJP invasion. Bengal will be witnessing poll at eight phases, starting from 27th of March continued till 29th of April followed by the counting of votes on 2nd of May. And this has lead to an accusation for being EC biased. The ruling TMC in West Bengal on Thursday demanded the removal of Sudeep Jain, the deputy election commissioner in-charge of the state, accusing him of being biased against it and breaking norms of the federal structure. Besides, the Shiv Sena today announced that it will not contest the upcoming West Bengal polls and extended its support to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Now when we talk about being biased, we need to know that it Election Commission on Wednesday directed petrol pumps and other agencies to remove hoardings and advertisements on various central schemes having photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the poll-bound West Bengal as it violates the model code of conduct, a senior official of the CEO said. It has also directed that such hoardings and advertisements with Modi’s photographs should be brought down within 72 hours. The directive came hours after a delegation of senior TMC leaders, including Firhad Hakim, met the EC officials and alleged that the use of Modi’s photo on advertisements of various central schemes and COVID vaccination certificates, which are being distributed by the union health ministry and petrol pumps are violating the model code of conduct. According to the official, the CEO has received over 1,000 similar complaints.
This borrows us a question, Is TMC scared?
The ruling party does not want to leave a single bone for the Centre’s invasion. No doubt the voters are seeking change but whether it's party or development, will get notified on the 2nd of May.
The EC has decided to use vehicles having GPS-based applications on polling days to monitor the movement of sector officers and also to communicate with them. If needed the sector officer can be contacted in emergencies. Their movement can be monitored from the district election office, as well as by the observer and from the CEO.
Where on one side the accused for being biased is trying to conceive peace during election, by asking to remove PM hoardings, TMC asks Kolkata councilors to put up Mamata's posters across the city ahead of PM visit. The TMC on Thursday asked its party's ward coordinators in Kolkata to put up in every nook and corner of the city flags and posters with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's picture on them and poll slogan 'Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chai' written below, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega rally on March 7.
The ruling party's senior leaders, including MP Abhishek Banerjee, state president Subrata Bakshi, senior minister and administrator of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Firhad Hakim, met the ward coordinators at the party headquarters and directed them to reach out to people and create awareness on the dispensation's development work.
The BJP, meanwhile, will hold a meeting today to finalize the list of candidates for the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal and Assam. The party prepares to draw up a list of 60 candidates for the first two phases of the Assembly polls starting March 27, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has said. On Wednesday, the party held another round of its election committee meeting at its party office in Hastings before central and state leaders left for Delhi. The BJP has shortlisted on an average of 4-5 names per seat for the initial two phases of polling in the state and the list of candidates for those phases will be finalized on March 4, Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said on Wednesday.
All eyes are set on the Nandigram candidature as West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has hinted that Suvendu Adhikari may get the ticket from the West Bengal seat. This assumes significance as Mamata is scheduled to contest from Nandigram, the seat that had brought Banerjee to power 14 years ago. The battle lines now seem to be drawn as Mamata is most likely to be challenged by Adikari, who was once her close aide but later switched sides with BJP. Adhikari had earlier asserted he will defeat his former boss by “at least 50,000 votes” if fielded from the Nandigram constituency.
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