Kolkata: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has summoned the state election commissioner Amarendra Kumar Singh in view of the attacks on opposition political party workers in different parts of Bengal ahead of the Panchayat polls.
The move comes after a BJP delegation led by state president Dilip Ghosh called on the Governor and complained that their prospective candidates were being attacked in almost everywhere in the state while filing the nomination papers. Election officials and police in the districts are playing a mute spectator, the BJP delegation alleged.
A Congress delegation led by state president Adhir Ranjan Choudhury had met the Governor yesterday with similar complaints of highhandedness against the Trinamool.
Another BJP delegation led by Mukul Roy called on the state election commissioner during the day today and apprised him of attacks on BJP candidates in Hooghly, Birbhum, Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, etc.
On receiving the complaint from BJP delegation, Governor Tripathi sent out a word to election commissioner Singh asking him to see him at the earliest. Sources said that Raj Bhavan has asked the poll commissioner to furnish details about measures to deal with pre-poll and post-poll violence.
Peeved at this, Trinamool leader and state parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee accused the Governor of acting at the behest of the BJP.
“Governor is getting swayed by the allegations of BJP. He wants Central forces to be deployed for Panchayat elections. His conduct is raising questions about the neutrality of the Governor’s chair,” Chatterjee told a news conference during the day.
“It will be a peaceful election. People of Bengal will not cower down by the brazen display of weapons (by BJP),” the minister said.