Mamata Banerjee attacks opposition BJP party and EC again, asks why central forces are deployed in Bengal

The first phase of polling began in West Bengal on April 19 for the Lok Sabha elections. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that only central paramilitary forces were deployed during the first phase of polling at three Lok Sabha seats in north Bengal on Friday.

The allegations were made by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson while addressing two public rallies in Murshidabad district while voting in north Bengal was on. Addressing voters at the Murshidabad constituency, Banerjee said: “Listen to me Prime Minister and (Union) home minister. Right now, you are a caretaker government. How can you keep state police out and get the polls manned by only central forces? We have moved the Election Commission of India. This is like a groom also serving as the priest at his marriage.”

While Banerjee referred to the polling which took place on April 19 at Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar but she mainly focused on the last constituency where the outgoing MP, who is also the Union minister of state for home Nisith Pramanik is contesting again. “How can the junior home minister decide where and how the central forces will be deployed? There are no police personnel anywhere. May I ask the BJP commission whether or not the decision to deploy police lies with the state government. How can the acting junior home minister order that only central forces should be deployed? Is it not unethical? We are shocked. We have written to the EC,” Banerjee further said at her next rally in Jangipur.

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