Demands for Central forces in all Bihar booths
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 00:30
Patna: Cutting across ideological divide, all political parties in Bihar today urged Election Commission (EC) to deploy central para military forces (CPMFs) in all polling stations to ensure free and fair assembly polls in the state to be held in October/November.

EC has been urged to deploy central forces in all the 56,943 polling stations.

Representatives of JD(U), BJP, RJD, Congress and CPI(ML) made the request to state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sudhir Rakesh.

RJD spokesman Ram Kripal Yadav asked EC to reconsider the polling date on November nine (5th phase) in view of a Chhath festival when devouts take a bath before taking meals.

Yadav registered his strong protest against EC's decision to bracket Raghopur assembly consituency, held by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi in the outgoing assembly as a Naxal-affected area and holding the polls there from 0700 hours to 1500 hours and questioned the rationale behind it.

Vice-President of state BJP Mangal Pandey too demanded deployment of CPMFs in all booths as well as the review of the November nine polling date in view of Chhath festival. Congress spokesman Premchand Mishra too supported the twin issues raised by RJD and BJP leaders and also demanded security for central ministers visiting the state for campaigning.

It has been observed that the state government was lax in providing security to the central ministers on their visit for electioneering and there were instances where the PSOs were not deputed with the dignitaries nor escorts provided to them in the districts, Mishra alleged.

JD(U) leaders Bhim Singh and Ravindra Singh and K D Yadav of CPI(M-L) also wanted deployment of CPMFs at all polling booths.

EC's directive to political parties and candidates to open a bank account for transparency in funding of election-related expenses came in for flak from all political parties which cited practical difficulties in toeing the Commission's decision.


First Published: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 00:30

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