Image: Amarendra Kumar Singh, Keshari Nath Tripathi, Anuj Sharma.
Singh went to Raj Bhavan around noon today and apprised the Governor of the latest situation vis-à-vis political violence during the filing of nomination papers for the Panchayat polls that are scheduled for 1-5 May.
Sources said that the election commissioner has told the Governor that to ensure peace during the nomination and voting phases, his office had recommended bringing in Central troops but the state administration has paid no heed to this.
In view of this, the poll panel has little choice as it cannot directly send a requisition to the Union government for Central forces.
Interestingly, while this was the scene at Raj Bhavan, the state additional director general of police (law and order) Anuj Sharma told a news conference at Nabanna that there was no need for Central forces for the conduct of the Panchayat polls.
“In the first two days, Trinamool has filed 1,614 nominations for gram panchayat seats and other parties have filed 1,692. If the situation was so violent, how come the opposition parties file so many nominations,” Sharma said quoting figures provided by the poll panel.
“State police are sufficient to conduct a free and fair Panchayat election. True there has been some stray violence in some areas but police are responding swiftly. The SPs have been directed to ensure that the nomination phase passes off peacefully,” the officer informed.
Sharma claimed that they have inputs about people from other states entering Bengal to foment trouble in the Panchayat polls. Keeping this in mind, the districts have been asked to step up vigil especially along the Bihar and Jharkhand border.