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BJP urges EC to deploy central forces in all polling booths in West Bengal

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
The BJP Monday approached the Election Commission complaining that TMC workers have "hijacked democracy" in West Bengal and creating ruckus during voting, and again demanded deployment of central forces in all polling booths in the state.
Following reports of a clash between the ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP workers outside a booth in Asansol's Barabani, and vandalism of the vehicle of Union Minister and sitting MP Babul Supriyo, a BJP delegation met top officials of the poll panel here.
The delegation included Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Vijay Goel, and the party's media in-charge Anil Baluni.
After meeting the poll panel officials, Naqvi told reporters, "The ruling Trinamool Congress workers have hijacked democracy in the state and are indulging in violence. They are being supported by the local machinery and we demand deployment of central forces in all polling booths in the state."

Later in a press conference, BJP's national spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said there were reports of "rampant violence" in West Bengal during polling on Monday.
Some BJP candidates, including ministers were attacked, he said.
"There is a clear indication that West Bengal is going with the BJP in this election. A state which was in the grip of the TMC is today experiencing winds of change. There is a massive buildup in support of BJP in the state.
"Mamata Banerjee is seeing the writing on the wall and the TMC cadre are indulging in violence only to scare away BJP voters. The people of the state are determined to bring change in the state," Rao said.
The BJP leaders, during their meeting with poll panel officials, also expressed concern over "no action" been taken against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his "baseless allegations" against BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said a memorandum in this regard has been submitted to the Election Commission.
"We wish to invite the commission's attention to the repeated and persistent violations of the Model Code of Conduct by Rahul Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress. The specific instances of brazen, baseless, malicious and defamatory allegations against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah," the BJP said in the memorandum.
Citing the various instances where Gandhi, in his public rallies, made "baseless allegations" against Modi and Shah, the BJP said these are just a few instances of the "brazen, blatant and utterly false and unverified and unsubstantiated allegations of Rahul Gandhi. There is a pattern and design and it continues unchecked and unabated."

This should be of concern for the poll panel as Gandhi, "unabashedly and shamelessly spreads lies and tears the model code of conduct", that the commission has put together as a set of basic rules of the game, Naqvi said.
The BJP also complained to the poll panel about the Madhya Pradesh chief secretary and the director general of police abut their "partisan attitude".

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 9:05 PM IST

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