Prime News, National, New Delhi, March 13:- A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today ( March 13) met officials of the Election Commission here and demanded deployment of central forces at all polling booths in West Bengal. The delegation also demanded that the poll body declare West Bengal as a super sensitive state.
“We have demanded that the state of West Bengal should be declared as super-sensitive state. We’ve also demanded that central forces should be deployed at all polling booths,” Prasad told reporters after the meeting with EC.
The BJP’s demand comes in the backdrop of several incidents of violence reported during the local body and panchayat elections in West Bengal. Pointing out that over 100 people have been killed in incidents of poll violence in the state, Prasad said that the BJP does not have confidence in the West Bengal police in ensuring free and fair conduct of polls.
The BJP and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have been at loggerheads since the appointment of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. The saffron party has also managed to make inroads into the state which was formerly a Left bastion. Recently, a controversy erupted over Amit Shah’s Rath Yatra when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to allow Shah to go ahead with it. Post this, a huge showdown between the CBI and Kolkata Police occurred, leading to a massive dharna by Mamata Banerjee. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)