Election Commission to deploy 52 companies of central forces in Bengal by-electionsOn September 15, 2021 by admin
The Election Commission of India is likely to deploy 52 companies of central forces for the upcoming bypolls to three assembly constituencies in West Bengal, including the Bhawanipur bypoll from where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a candidate.
According to sources in the Chief Election Office of West Bengal, the commission has decided to deploy 19 companies of central forces in Bhabanipur alone – the highest among the three constituencies where elections are being held. Apart from this, the remaining 33 companies of central forces will be divided between Jangipur and Samserganj in Murshidabad district.
Meanwhile, 15 companies of central forces have already reached the state, out of which 8 companies have been deployed in Bhabnipur for supremacy in the pre-poll region. The remaining 7 companies of the force have been sent to Murshidabad district. Of the 15 companies of central forces in the state, 7 are of CRPF, 4 of BSF, 2 of SSB and one company each from CISF and ITBP.
Bypolls in all the three constituencies will be held on 30 September and the results will be declared on 3 October. The Bhawanipur assembly constituency from where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting has been embroiled in election controversies even before the elections.
A PIL has already been filed complaining that the Chief Secretary of the state has exceeded his limit by requesting the Election Commission to hold elections in Bhawanipur, creating a constitutional crisis. The Election Commission has already declared the election as a special case based on the request of the Government of West Bengal. The matter is pending in the High Court and is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.
Apart from this, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal in Bhawanipur has objected to the nomination of Mamata Banerjee, alleging that she has hidden information in her affidavit. The BJP complained that Banerjee has not disclosed the five criminal cases pending against her in her affidavit.
In a letter to the returning officer of Bhawanipur assembly constituency, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal’s chief election agent Sajal Ghosh said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not disclosed the five criminal cases pending against her in her affidavit.
Giving details of the cases, Ghosh said that the Chief Minister has been booked under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. A case has been registered at several police stations in Assam including Geeta Nagar police station, Panbazar police station, Jagirod police station, Lakhimpur police station and Udarbond police station.
The commission is yet to take a decision on this.
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