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‘BSF Threatens Voters in Border Areas’: TMC Complains to CEC | India News

CALCUTTA: The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal met on Thursday with the plenary of the Electoral Commission of India (ECI) and alleged that the BSF is threatening people in the border areas of the state to cast their votes in favor of a particular political party.
The Border Security Force (BSF) has yet to issue a reaction to TMC’s allegation.
The ECI full bench, headed by Chief Elections Commissioner Sunil Arora, arrived in the state on Wednesday night on a three-day visit before the assembly elections, the dates of which have yet to be announced.
“We have informed the CEC and other ECI officials that the BSF is threatening voters in the border areas. We have received input that paramilitary force officers are visiting various villages and asking people to vote in favor of a political party in particular.
“This is a dangerous situation and the ECI must investigate it,” TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee told reporters after meeting with the ECI delegation here.
Chatterjee also alleged that BSF staff were telling the villagers that “no one but us will be staying in the border areas all year to take care of you.”
Reacting to TMC’s allegations, BJP head of state Dilip Ghosh said that the BSF only protects borders and that they should not be forcibly pointed fingers.
“Those who level the accusations know best what prompted them to say such things,” Ghosh said after meeting with the ECI delegation.
He said that the BJP urged the ECI for the deployment of central forces in each cabin during the elections.
“The party also informed the ECI about the abnormal increase in the number of voters possibly due to the inclusion of infiltrators in the list and urged the voting panel to investigate the matter,” Ghosh said.
The leader of the PCM, Rabin Deb, said that the left party urged the ICE for the effective utilization of the central forces.
“We urge ICE to guarantee an environment conducive to free and fair elections,” he said.
ECI officials are meeting with representatives of various political parties and holding discussions with officials from the central and state regulatory agencies during their three-day visit.
A review meeting will also be held with divisional commissioners and district election officials, sources with the state poll panel said.

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