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TMC writes to the EC urging it to revert to the previous rule on the appointment of electoral agents | India News

NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress has written to the Electoral Commission urging it to withdraw a recent order that relaxed a rule on the appointment of electoral agents and alleged that the EC had taken the step to assist the BJP.
According to a March 2009 EC regulation, the electoral agents appointed by the contending candidates must be voters in the same polling stations or neighboring polling stations belonging to the same electoral district.
However, the provision was recently modified to allow a voter from any part of an assembly constituency to be appointed as an electoral agent.
“It has been said that the reason for the same is based on the contributions and for the convenience of the candidates. Such reasoning is not only ambiguous by nature, but also leads us to the conclusion that it has been implemented to help certain political parties, namely the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), due to their lack of strength to gather enough electoral agents ”, the Trinamool Congress alleged in a letter to the EC dated March 26. The party released the letter on Sunday.
He claimed that the new instructions were given with a “mal fide intention to benefit the candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party.”
“Such instruction approved by the Election Commission of India just before the scheduled date for the elections in West Bengal is arbitrary, motivated and biased,” he alleged and urged the EC to withdraw the leadership and restore the previous rule.
While the first of the eight phases of the assembly polls in West Bengal took place on March 26, the second phase is on April 1.
A TMC delegation led by MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay raised the issue in a meeting with Election Director Aariz Aftab in Kolkata on Saturday.

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