Motorcycle rallies by political events won’t be allowed as soon as the mannequin code of conduct is enforced in Bengal forward of Assembly polls due in April-May, the Election Commission has stated, including that Civic Volunteers – a uniformed pressure arrange by an government order some years in the past – won’t be allowed a task within the electoral course of.
After two days of conferences, the fee indicated that violence-free polls is its precedence and stated that central forces and state police would work with higher coordination than up to now to make sure efficient deployment through the polls.
The Chief Election Commissioner additionally strongly indicated that politically motivated complaints in opposition to the ballot equipment, together with the forces, wouldn’t be entertained. The CEC additionally defended the Border Security Forces after complaints from a political get together he stated he wouldn’t title.
On Wednesday Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, after a gathering with the ballot physique, stated that the BSF was threatening villagers in border areas to vote for one specific get together.
“Whichever political party made this averment about BSF, it is unfortunate. BSF is one of the finest forces in the country. It is the sentinel of our borders. It was founded by iconic police officers, like Rustamji and Ashwini Kumarji,” CEC Sunil Arora stated in response.
The Election Commission requested for particular complaints however has, up to now, received none.
“Let any party forward instance to us, then we will come into the picture. But till then we cannot tarnish the sentinel of the borders of our nation,” Mr Arora added.
The ballot physique additionally spoke extremely of displays by Superintendents of Police and District Magistrates, which he stated had been “excellent”. Words of reward had been additionally dished out to Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, whom Mr Arora stated gave detailed paperwork and was in full command of his group.
Meanwhile, the BJP’s state chief, Dilip Ghosh, complained that the names of a number of Rohingya had been included in voter lists from border districts. The ballot physique, nonetheless, appeared to be in no temper to entertain such claims.
“We are not going to verify the lists ad nauseum. Always, and not just for Bengal, our team of officers in Delhi take a closer look and, if there is a palpable substantive issue, an empirical issue, we do take active measures,” Mr Arora harassed.
The Election Commission additionally laid out guidelines on switch of, or punitive motion by the state in opposition to, officers concerned within the ballot course of.
“No officers involved in the polling process can be transferred or punished by the state for one year after the election, without getting the nod of the Election Commission,” the CEC stated.
“There have been instances in the past of good officers getting bad postings and others trying promoted. We will keep an eye on this,” he added.
Later within the day the Bengal authorities transferred 4 officers, two of whom had been blocked out of the ballot course of in 2019.
Police Superintendent Birbhum Shyam Singh was transferred as Superintendent (Traffic) on the West Bengal headquarters in Durgapur, and S Selvamurugan, who was Superintendent of Purulia district, was transferred as SS of the state CID.