BJP has demanded repolling in several constituencies of West Bengal where poll related violence marred polling for the on- going Lok Sabha elections and also called for deployment of central forces till the model code of conduct is in force. A delegation of BJP led by Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal met Election Commissioners of India’s official in New Delhi to convey the demand. “We have met the Election Commissioners and informed them about the violence that had taken place in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls and requested for re-polling in all the violence-affected constituencies,” Piyush Goyal told reporters after meeting Election Commission officials. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and senior BJP leaders. They accused Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of “threatening BJP candidates, poll agents and party sympathisers” .Go urged the ECI to take cognisance of the matter.”We saw incidents of violence took place till the last phase of polling. There is possibility of violence even after counting of votes. So, we have requested the Commission to deploy the central forces in Electronic Voting Machine strong rooms till the end of counting to allow free and fair counting,” he said.The said the central forces should be there till the model code of conduct is in force. The BJP leaders also appealed to the poll panel to ensure the sanctity of the counting process in Odisha, Karnataka, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.”Independent observers must be sent to these states and CCTV cameras must be installed in all counting stations in the five states,” he said. The constituencies included Diamond harbour from where CM’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee is seeking re-election and Dum Dum where the TMC candidate is Saugata Roy.Meanwhile, prohibitory order under 144 Cr Pc has been promulgated in Bhatpara where post poll violence continues. Former TMC Minister Madan Mitra is among the candidates in the North 24 Parganas district assembly constituency (pic courtesy: NDTV ).
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