Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to send 10 Bengal IAS officers as observers for the Karnataka elections this summer against 15 sought by the Election Commission.
Bengal had sent only 16 officers for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur last year against the poll panel’s requisition for 42. Later, seven junior IAS officers were sent for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat elections – the poll panel had sought 15.
According to a source, Commission has asked for 10 more officers. The Election Commission had conveyed its unhappiness to the Bengal government by pointing put that all major states had complied with its requests for such officers.
In other recent elections, Bengal had sent few officers as observers, arguing that development projects suffered in their absence as they had to spend around a month in other states to monitor elections.