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BJP tries to change voting agent system in Bengal: TMC complains to EC | India News

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CALCUTTA: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) alleged on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to change the process of electoral agents in West Bengal, as the voting for the first phase of the state assembly elections is on going.
Speaking to the media, TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay reported that a delegation of nine members of the parliamentary party visited the Electoral Director (CEO), filing a memorandum against BJP’s proposal to change the existing procedure on booth agents. .
“We have submitted a memo saying that the previous system of the booth agents, or voting agents, must be a voter from the booth in question and must contain their identity with IDs with the same booth,” he said.
“But now the BJP has submitted a memorandum requesting the Electoral Commission (EC) to change the system and allow anyone in any position, whoever the resident and the voter of that existing constituency may be,” he said.
The TMC deputy said that this system “was not acceptable” for the party, since it was not possible for an official presiding over the event to detect a person who did not belong to that booth or police station.
“Our demand from the second phase to the eighth is that in the voting agent deployment system, it must be a local resident or voter from the corresponding table or box,” he added.
Bandyopadhyay also said that the executive director of the state has assured that he will send the TMC representation to New Delhi within three hours.
Responding to a question about the fears of a defeat for TMC, he said: “TMC is the party of the people. Its power is the power of the people. Everything will become clear when the results arrive on May 2.”
Voting for the first of the eight-phase assembly elections in West Bengal began at 7am on Saturday with voters deciding the electoral fate of 191 candidates, including 21 women, in 30 constituencies.
The state is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, BJP and the Congress-Left alliance.
Both the ruling TMC and the BJP seek to outdo each other in poll promises and campaign rhetoric. While the BJP struggles to form its first government in the state, the TMC is fighting hard to establish its third time in the state.

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