Shame on Democracy, West Bengal EC Resigns Amid Pressure

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Kolkata: Adding another chapter to the already black and tainted politics of West Bengal, State Election Commissioner Sushanta Ranjan Upadhyay on Tuesday resigned amid immense pressure mounted by the ruling Trinamool Congress after the EC decided to postpone the vote counting of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation polls for an indefinite period.

Upadhyay submitted his resignation to West Bengal Governor Keshrinath Tripathi on Tuesday evening. Initially the governor advised him to act judiciously but later accepted his resignation and sent it to the state government.

The decision came after the EC was forced to postpone the vote counting as utter violence and rigging allegedly orchestrated by the ruling Trinamool Congress goons, reduced the October 03 Bidhannagar, Asansol and Bali Municipal Corporation vote to a farce.

Earlier on Monday, state BJP president Rahul Sinha had a meeting with Sishantaranjan after which the vote counting was postponed by the EC. Soon after this Trinamool general secretary and state education minister Partha Chatterjee had a four hour long meeting with Sushantaranjan during which the media was not allowed in.

After the decision Sushanta said,”Trinamool leaders approached me demanding that the EC’s decision to postpone vote counting must be scrapped. In a democracy such pressure from the ruling party is not expected and neother desired for.”

Trinamool had threatened to launch agitation if the decision of EC was not withdrawn and blamed the violence on opposition parties. Although it was not clear what was discussed inside but speculations are that the pressure exerted by the ruling party has forced the EC to resign.

After the decision Sushanta said,”Trinamool leaders approached me demanding that the EC’s decision to postpone vote counting must be scrapped. In a democracy such pressure from the ruling party is not expected and neother desired for.”

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