Kolkata :  Barely a few hours before the counting of votes, opposition parties here on Thursday apprehending mal-practices by the ruling Trinamool Congress during the counting process and demanded adequate security in the counting centres.

West Bengal Left Front Committee Chairman Biman Bose told news persons that they have requested the Election Commission that except the authorised persons, they should not allow entry of any unauthorized persons in the counting halls. He also demanded deployment of par-military forces in the counting centres. Bose alleged that a section of police personnel had helped the Trinamool Congress to ‘loot votes’ in many booths across the state during the five phase election in the state.

“We are now apprehending that a section of police personnel in collusion with the Trinamool Congress might create problem inside the counting halls. The ruling party can take unfair means to win the seats with the help of a section of police,” he said.

Bose said that the Election Commission should ensure free and fair counting of votes on Friday.

The state Congress also apprehending similar trouble in the counting halls and the party has already wrote to the EC demanding adequate security in the counting halls.

To avoid any law and order problem after the results are declared, the Kolkata police authorities are taking adequate steps to ensure security in the eight counting halls set up in the city.

Ambar Mukherjee

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