Mamata Banerjee welcomes Madras HC's EC criticism, demands withdrawal of Central forces from West Bengal
The Madras High Court earlier on Monday had held that the poll body allowing political parties to take out rallies and meetings had led to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic
Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded withdrawal of Central forces to contain covid spread in West Bengal in the next phase of polling, while welcoming the Madras High Court's observations that the Election Commission could not avoid blame for the spread of COVID.
"I welcome the Madras High Court order, which clearly said the EC cannot escape its responsibility. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and EC are responsible for the (current) situation (of Covid spreading in the state)," Banerjee alleged at a workers meeting in North Kolkata where party candidates and workers were present.
Earlier on Monday, Madras High Court had lashed out at the Election Commission over the conduct of Assembly polls amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice S Ramamoorthy termed the EC as 'most irresponsible' while hearing a public interest writ seeking directions to ensure fair counting of votes on 2 May in Karur by taking steps to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
"I am requesting please withdraw the around two lakh-strong Central forces drawn from COVID-hit states, who are camping in schools and colleges and safe homes hampering COVID management operations 75 percent of them may be infected by the virus. Please withdraw them in the last phase, " she said.
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