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West Bengal panchayat elections: Mukul Roy urges EC to send central observers to study 'how polls are rigged'

New Delhi: BJP leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday requested the Election Commission to send 50 observers to West Bengal during the panchayat polls to learn how the Trinamool Congress rigged the poll process.

Roy along with other state BJP leaders met Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat on Wednesday and urged the body to create a separate model of poll security for West Bengal.

File image of Mukul Roy. PTI

File image of Mukul Roy. PTI

"We know that panchayat elections are not conducted under the Election Commission. But we have requested them to send a group of central observers to study and analyse how polls are being rigged in Bengal. So that they can learn and create a separate poll security model for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections for West Bengal," Roy said.

The state BJP leaders said the way West Bengal polls were conducted, it could not be compared with other states.

"We have showed them the last bypoll result data. In some booths, the TMC got 100 percent votes. Where as the Congress, the Left and the BJP did not even get a single vote. We told the Election Commission to analyse such abnormalities and compare them with a list of sensitive booths," Roy claimed.

State BJP leaders expressed confidence that since there was enough time in hand before the Lok Sabha elections, the commission would create a poll security system specially for West Bengal to ensure free and fair elections.


Published Date: Feb 07, 2018 22:18 PM | Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 22:18 PM

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