Armed forces start route march, sound poll bugle

KOLKATA: Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) marched on city streets at a number of places on Saturday — 25 days forward of the primary segment of Lok Sabha polls — sending out signals that the Election Commission (EC) has taken the law-and-order factor quite significantly.

Kolkata Police best brass indicated that BSF workforce will be patrolling in two shifts in the city, each lasting 4 hours — between 9am and 1pm in the first part and once more from 5pm to 9pm in the evening. “We would possibly make particular deployment depending at the ground scenario,” said a senior police officer.

State officers had a tough time explaining to deputy election commissioner Sudeep Jain the steps they had taken for a free-and-fair election. District magistrates and SPs of many districts, particularly Birbhum, Bankura and Uttar Dinajpur, came underneath hearth from the EC for “poor vulnerability mapping” of districts. Jain requested the police to execute pending arrest warrants around the state, together with in Kolkata, through a day. CAPF will be deployed in all the 760 sensitive polling booths in the city, unfold over mainly in two Lok Sabha constituencies — Kolkata Uttar and Jadavpur.

Later, the deputy election commissioner held a meeting with the chief secretary, the house secretary and the DGP to take inventory of the poll preparedness. The commissioner informed state officers to scrutinise the complaints from people and political parties and take appropriate motion to lend a hand folks pop out for vote casting. The election reliable also heard out a delegation of intellectuals — Abhiroop Sarkar, Subhaprasanna, Subodh Sarkar, Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri and Arindam Sil — who argued that some folks were seeking to blemish Bengal through projecting a frightening image of the state. Trinamool Mahila Congress, led through minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, has launched a two-day dharna to build power at the EC.

However, the Opposition — BJP, Congress and Left — insisted on stating all the 78,000 polling booths as “tremendous sensitive” while narrating their bitter experience of the 2018 rural polls, in which “candidates couldn’t document their nominations”.

The deputy election commissioner has taken observe of it and has requested the district management to put the proposed route march of the central forces at the executive website online. He also took exception to the Malda district election officer’s unilateral choice to shift counting centres in other places without prior session with political parties.
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