Highlights:

  • EVMs and VVPATs were found at the residence of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader.
  • A sector officer of the Uluberia Uttar constituency in Howrah district was suspended.
  • The poll body mentioned that EVM and VVPAT have been taken out of the stock and will not be used during the polls.
  • Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh alleged that it is an old habit of the TMC and that it takes time to get over old habits.

On Tuesday, a sector officer of the North Uluberia constituency in Howrah district was suspended after EVMs and VVPATs were found at the residence of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader.

In a Statement, the Election Commission mentioned that Tapan Sarkar, sector officer of Sector-17 in AC 177 Uluberia North at Howrah district, went with Reserve EVM and slept at a relative’s house. The Commission stated that it is a gross violation of EC’s instructions for which he has been suspended and charges will be framed for major punishment.

The Commission added that a sector police official attached to the officer has also been directed to be suspended. The poll body mentioned that EVM and VVPAT have been taken out of the stock and will not be used during the polls. The authority stated that General Observer Neeraj Pawan has checked the intactness of all seals and that the EVMs have been stored in a separate room in Observer’s custody.

Chiran Bera, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Candidate alleged that the incident was a part of TMC’s plan to rig election, a charge which the TMC denied. Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh alleged that it is an old habit of the TMC and that it takes time to get over old habits. “They have been caught red-handed and it shows what they are up to,” added Ghosh.

Today the third phase of Assembly by-polls has commenced in Bengal at 7 am. Elections are being held in three districts of Bengal – eight in Hooghly, seven in Howrah, and 16 in South 24 Parganas. There are 205 candidates in the fray in this round of polling, with Diamond Harbour having the maximum number of candidates at 11.

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