Bengal Congress demands withdrawal of EC`s special observer

West Bengal Congress on Friday demanded withdrawal of a senior Election Commission`s official for the state, saying it was difficult to hold free, fair and peaceful poll under him.

PTI| Updated: May 02, 2014, 21:07 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Congress on Friday demanded withdrawal of a senior Election Commission`s official for the state, saying it was difficult to hold free, fair and peaceful poll under him.
"Congress candidates did not get Election Commission`s special observer for the state Sudhir Kumar Rakesh, over telephone, nor through SMS on the day of polling on April 30," West Bengal Congress president and Union Minister Adhir Chowdhury said.

"We demand his withdrawal from the state. It is difficult to hold peaceful election if he continues here. We cannot rely on him," he said.

State`s Left Front chairman Biman Bose also demanded removal of Rakesh yesterday.

Senior Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya said the EC had failed to live upto its promise of ensuring a free and fair poll in the state.

"The special observer has promised that free and fair poll will be ensured but the election on April 30 in the state has disproved it. The continuous terror tactics used by Trinamool Congress is on. We appeal to the EC to deploy sufficient number of central forces in the remaining two phases," he said.
Rakesh said yesterday that polling in third phase election in the state was free and fair.

Meanwhile, a BJP delegation, led by state party chief Rahul Sinha, met the special observer today and said the EC had failed to conduct a free and fair polling during the 3rd phase polling.

Sinha said he had demanded that in the next two phases of polling on May 7 and 12, Central forces be deployed and camera should be installed inside every booth.