CPI(M) resents `frequent` visits of EC teams to Bengal

Ahead of the visit of another top Election Commission official to West Bengal, the CPI(M) Monday took exception to the "frequent" visits of observers to oversee the law and order situation in the state.

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011, 20:35 PM IST

Kolkata: Ahead of the visit of another
top Election Commission official to West Bengal, the CPI(M)
Monday took exception to the "frequent" visits of observers to
oversee the law and order situation in the state, saying they
were "unnecessarily" creating problems by doing so.

Describing as "unprecedented and one-sided" the recent
visits of an EC team of observers, comprising mostly police
officials, to assess law and order situation ahead of the
state Assembly polls, CPI(M) central committee member Shyamal
Chakraborty said, "The Election Commission is unnecessarily
creating problems by doing so. There was no need for their
coming in advance."

Deputy Chief Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi is
scheduled to come here on a three-day visit starting from
February 2, when he will interact with the State Secretariat
and its representatives in the districts, said an official of
the state election office.

"During their last visit to the state, they had gone
to certain places based on complaints lodged by the Trinamool
Congress and suggestions made by that party," he alleged.

"Their visit turned out to be one-sided," he told
reporters.

Chakraborty said EC had created problems similarly in
the last Lok Sabha elections too.

This will be the third visit by the poll panel to West
Bengal in less than a month. On January 8, a full bench of the
commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi,
had visited the city.

That was followed by a five-day visit of a six-member
team of observers, led by Bihar CEO, to make an independent
assessment of the law and order situation which ended on
January 21.

PTI