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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


In a strongly worded rejoinder to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Election Commission has rejected her claim about the presence of outsiders at a polling booth in Nandigram as "factually incorrect" and "devoid of substance". The EC sent the letter to Banerjee on Saturday in response to a complaint filed by her on April 1, when polling was held in Nandigram, alleging irregularities in the polling process.

Ealier in the day, bodies of 17 of the 18 security personnel missing after an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh were recovered from the site of the skirmish on Sunday. With this, the number of security personnel killed in the encounter has gone up to 22.

Meanwhile, the Congress hit out at the Election Commission for reducing the campaigning ban on Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and said it is a dark day for parliamentary democracy and history will not pardon the panel. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was deplorable that the EC could not sustain its own order and accused the poll body of buckling under pressure of the Modi government by reducing the ban on Sarma from 48 hours to 24 hours.

In another news, the AIADMK urged the EC to restrain the Income Tax department from conducting "unwanted searches" on its leaders that are deliberate violations of the provisions of the Representation of People Act and its rules. The party accused the DMK and Congress leaders, having influence with bureaucrats and higher officials, of making the authorities carry out the raids.

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