Mumbai: BJP’s state chief Dilip Ghosh on Thursday urged the Election Commission (ECI) to deploy a central force in the state to create a “sense of fear” among the people ahead of the elections.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with ECI officials here, the state BJP chief said, “The entire Election Commission is here to oversee the system of the upcoming assembly elections. As an opposition party, we have urged them to ensure an environment in which they can exercise their franchise in a neutral and peaceful environment. It is important that central forces are deployed here soon.”
Ghosh said that there is an ‘atmosphere of fear’ in Bengal during the elections and claimed that violence was reported in all 42 parliamentary constituencies of the state during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
He also suggested that central forces should be deployed outside polling stations and state police for free and fair elections.
Asked about Trinamool Congress (TMC) allegations that the BJP has threatened people through Border Security Forces (BSF) to get votes in its favour, Ghosh said: “We are certain that names of Rohingyas have been included in the voter’s list in border areas, ECI must look into this.”
He further accused the West Bengal police of bias on Thursday citing the arrest of BJP workers.
“The police did not take any action when TMC activists initially shouted provocative slogans. When some BJP workers raised slogans in protest, the police arrested them from their homes at midnight,” he said.
Police said on Thursday that BJP youth leader Suresh Shaw and two other party workers were arrested for chanting provocative slogans at a political rally in Chandannagar.
The BJP has been campaigning aggressively in West Bengal over the past few months with top leaders Amit Shah, JP Nadda visiting the state. Elections to 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are scheduled to take place in the next few months.