Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 22:21
Narayangarh: With transfer of 23 police and administrative officials by the EC ahead of tomorrow's Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that such decisions were being taken at the home of Congress leader Ahmed Patel in collusion with the CPI(M).
"Though it is unfortunate, but it is true. Some leaders of Congress and CPI(M), at the residence of Ahmed Patel in Delhi, are preparing lists where DMs, SPs, OC's and the BDOs will be changed," Banerjee said, alluding to the political secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
"We will, however, abide by whatever decision the Election Commission takes. We will abide by the Constitution," she told an election meeting here in West Midnapore district.
Yesterday, 13 OCs, seven ICs and three BDOs were transferred by the Election Commission.
Apparently targeting Congress, she asked if the party was so sure about its victory in the polls, then why were the OCs of Sabang and Berhampore changed.
WBPCC President Adhir Chowdhury is seeking reelection from the Berhampore Lok Sabha constituency and senior Congress leader and party MLA Manas Bhuniya from Sabang.
She earlier had a standoff with the EC over transfer of a DM, two ADMs and five SPs following complaints by opposition political parties, before backing down.
"It is not enough after changing the SPs and DMs. Now OCs have to be changed. Will the police go and vote for you? Do policemen indulge in rigging?
"We are not like the CPI(M). We do not need to win the election by resorting to rigging," she said.
She alleged that the CPI(M), which had lost ground, had indulged in rigging booths and were now complaining to the EC.
"Congress, BJP and CPI(M) are playing a fixed match," she claimed.
First Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 22:21