Asansol: RPF lathicharge on the hawkers at the platform of Asansol Railway Station in West Bengal on Tuesday.

PTI Photo (PTI4_12_2016_000347B)
Asansol: RPF lathicharge on the hawkers at the platform of Asansol Railway Station in West Bengal on Tuesday. PTI Photo (PTI4_12_2016_000347B)

NEW DELHI : The Bhartiya Janata Party on Tuesday complained the Election Commission about the ruling Trinamul Congress terrorising voters and rigging in West Bengal in the first two phases of the Assembly polls.

In a 2-page representation, it pointed out how the armed Trinamul goons go around threatening the voters and widespread incidents of bogus voting continues unabated even after the formal closure of voting.

It also regretted that most of the central observers are neither visible nor available in the constituencies and simply not contactable. Contact number of some are incorrect.

The BJP delegation, which included Prakash Javadekar, Bhupendra Yadav, Sidharthnath Singh and Om Pathak, suggested six steps immediately to ensure free and fair elections in the remaining phases.

It suggested double headcount of those entering the polling booth, one by the polling authorities and another by the central police forces to nab the biased poll officials indulging in bogus voting.

Some other steps sought by the party include deployment of the central forces not only at the polling stations but also conduct flag marches and patrolling in the populated areas to instill feeling of security among the voters, ensure observers and micro-observers are visible in their regular beats and easily contacted by anyone by giving publicity to their mobile numbers, and the polling staff should be only from the employees of the central government or central PSUs.

The party had also lodged a strong complaint with the Chief Election Officer of West Bengal during the polling on Monday about wide-scale booth capturing, intimidation and terror tactics by the ruling party.

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