‘Unfair Election Commission’: Eight-phase plan for West Bengal elections leaves TMC puzzled

 ‘Unfair Election Commission’: Eight-phase plan for West Bengal elections leaves TMC puzzled

The Assembly polls for 294 seats in West Bengal will be held in 8 phases beginning from March 27

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TMC further alleged that the eight-phase elections will cause “immense” problem to the people of West Bengal and expressed strong objection to the poll schedule

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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday accused the Election Commission (EC) of being unfair to West Bengal for scheduling the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state in eight phases. The Mamata Banerjee-led party further alleged that the eight-phase elections will cause “immense” problem to the people of the state and expressed strong objection to the plan.

Reacting to the EC’s announcement for the Assembly poll schedule in West Bengal, TMC leader Sougata Roy said, “The Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal. If elections in Tamil Nadu and Kerala can be held in one day and Assam in three days then why elections should be held in West Bengal in eight phases?”

“This will cause immense problem to the people of the state. For one month all activity will come to standstill. Development work will stop. Really do not know why the election commission did all this but we strongly oppose it,” he added.

Roy’s reaction has come a day after EC announced that the Assembly polls in Bengal will be held in eight phases beginning from March 27. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 2.
The EC has appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal. With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state.

West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and BJP in the fray.

While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly.

Congress and the Left have stitched an alliance for the polls and have already finalised the seat-sharing agreement. They are also in touch with the Indian Secular Front (ISF), recently floated by influential minority leader Abbas Siddique.

Agencies

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