TMC delegation led by Yashwant Sinha complains to EC of 'partisan behavior' by central forces

By PTI
KOLKATA: A high level Trinamool Congress delegation, led by Yashwant Sinha, former Cabinet minister and now TMC vice president and state minister Subrata Mukherjee, on Friday met the Election Commission with a complaint alleging central police forces acted with partiality in favour of the BJP at certain polling centers.

Sinha told reporters after meeting the Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are influencing the poll process by passing on instruction from Delhi.

“We have told the poll panel, the role of central forces have been partial in many booths in the first two phases.

There have been incidents of violence and attacks on our party supporters by BJP. We have asked the EC to see to it this was not repeated in the next six phases,” Sinha said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday had also accused central forces deployed in Nandigram constituency, where she is locked in battle with her former lieutenant, Suvendu Adhikari now with the BJP, of helping the saffron party Central police forces function under the home ministry, which is headed by Amit Shah.

Sinha also said “Union home minister Amit Shah is doing everything possible to influence people’s verdict in favour of BJP by preventing the voters opposed to his party to excercise their franchise. This has to stop.”

He said the TMC also flagged the issue of malfunctioning of EVMs during the delegation’s interaction with the EC.

Referring to the tweet by Prime Minister Narendra Modi predicting BJP will get majority in the West Bengal assembly after the first phase of polling, Sinha quipped ” we are yet to see any tweet by the PM after the second phase. We are waiting for his tweet again.”

The former finance and external affairs minister in the Vajpayee cabinet predicted a “landslide victory by Trinamool Congress despite provocations and interference by the BJP (in the polling process).”

Mukherjee added “I have seen elections for the last 50 years. (But) I have never witnessed such blatant interference in the election process by the government in Delhi before.” TMC Rajya Sabha member Dola Sen was also part of the delegation.