EC Seeks Report From Nadia DM Over TMC MLA’s Comment

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Kolkata: Election Commission has pulled up Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Ratna Ghosh Kar for her recent controversial comment on the central forces. The Chief Electoral Office (CEO) has sought a report from the Nadia district magistrate after she said, “Chase away central forces with brooms during voting for the Lok Sabha election.”

The action was taken after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) filed a complaint with the Election Commission against her. Ghosh, a TMC MLA from Chakdaha, addressing a party workers meeting, had said, “If you want to win a war, there’s nothing fair or unfair, democratic or undemonstrative way of winning it. You have to win it by any means. I have seen it in 2016 elections, how central force beat up our boys, there was a bloodbath. This time, it is even more challenging, but there is nothing to be scared,.

“I will go to each and every booth and we will not care about the central forces. And if the central forces are pro-active, I will request the Mahila Morcha members to pick up broomsticks and chase them away from our area,” the TMC MLA added. BJP president Amit Shah strongly criticised Ghosh’s statement and said that “her comments prove that TMC believes in the idea of violence and anarchy.”

Accusing the TMC of not letting central forces work during the Lok Sabha polls, BJP’s West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya had earlier said the party has urged the Election Commission to deploy central paramilitary forces and install CCTVs in all polling booths to ensure “free and fair” polling in the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

Three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal – Darjeeling, Raigunj, and Jalpaiguri – will vote on April 18. Two seats – Alipurduar and Cooch Behar – went to polls on April 11. Polling for rest of the seats will be held in the remaining five phases of elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.