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Bengal Governor summons SEC for civic polls enquiry

Kolkata: Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today summoned State Election Commissioner (SEC) Sourav Das to Raj Bhavan to seek detailed information and updates on incidents surrounding the election processes in 108 civic bodies or municipal corporations of the state. The polls spanning 20 districts were conducted on Sunday.

The official Twitter handle of the Raj Bhavan tweeted, “State Election Commissioner Saurab Das will brief Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar today at 3.30 PM at Raj Bhawan. SEC is expected to update on election process on February 27 as also why there is SEC failure of the constitutional duty to hold elections to the Howrah Municipality.”

In lieu of said incidents, a delegation of the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comprising Sisir Bajoria, Agnimitra Paul, and Lokenath Chatterjee had called upon Dhankhar on Sunday evening and sought his intervention “for appropriate steps to have the entire polls be declared null and void”. 

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Another tweet from Raj Bhavan said, “BJP delegation urged Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar urgent intervention in view of massive violence, rigging in municipal elections with the support of officialdom. Delegation asserted abdication of duty #SEC and called for exemplary action.” 

Meanwhile, the 12-hour statewide shutdown (or bandh) sponsored by the BJP evoked a lukewarm response, with most cities and towns functioning normally, with daily life being partially affected in some rural areas. The BJP called the bandh to protest against what it called “unprecedented violence, attacks, arson and complete failure of the law and order machinery” at the hands of the ruling All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) during the civic polls.

Speaking to reporters, BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya had called the civic polls in Bengal a “mockery of democracy”. “West Bengal will not see a democratic way of holding polls as long as the TMC remains in power here,” he added.

The TMC-led government Bengal has responded harshly to the call for a shutdown, as it is known to do. “All State Government offices including Panchayati Raj institutions, Municipal Bodies, Educational Institutions and all those provided with Grants-in Aid by the State Government shall remain open. All the employees should report for duty and no leave would be granted to any employee on the date of bandh. Absence on the Bandh day will be treated as ‘dies non’ and no salary will be admissible,” read a notice from state secretariat Nabanna.

The BJP has been frequently seen to seek recourse to meetings with Governor Dhankhar, in which discussions regarding the political violence perpetrated by the TMC are a mainstay. The Governor summoning the SEC is being viewed by many as a continuation of widely acknowledged tensions between the Governor and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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