WB Panchayat Polls: BJP Seeks For Central Forces


Kolkata: The West Bengal saffron party seeking deployment of CRPF personnel during the panchayat elections. On Saturday, a BJP delegation team has met with SEC and demanded deployment of central force for panchayat polls in the state.

At an all-party meeting though individually convened by the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC), political parties demanded deployment of central force for panchayat polls in the state.

However, the state has informed the State Election Commission that it can provide armed cover to all the 43,067 poll premises for a one-day poll including 30% jail guards from the state.

Earlier BJP state president Dilip Ghosh emphasised on the need for paramilitary forces to ensure polling was conducted peacefully. “To ensure free and fair rural polls, central forces are required. We will move the Supreme Court on Thursday to file a petition in this regard. We will plead before the apex court to ask the state election commission to request for central forces. We will plead for the deployment of central forces in the entire poll process. from nomination to polling days,” he said.

The BJP’s West Bengal unit alleging that ‘violent Trinamool Congress workers’ were preventing its candidates from filing nomination papers for the panchayat elections scheduled to take place.

Having declared May 14 as the poll day, the SEC faces its toughest task as it tries to pitch this security plan to the political parties.

According to a source, the state has informed SEC that it has 66,000 personnel at its disposal. These will be augmented by 1.1lakh civic volunteers, nearly 13,000 home guards and 2000 village volunteers.