HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The directions of the EC follows BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal’s letter to the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, seeking preventive measures to stop alleged post poll violence after the counting of votes.
  • According to transport minister Firhad Hakim, Mamata Banerjee has directed the pary leadership to disallow any kind of celebration rallies of processions in Kolkata and other districts, ahead of the count.
  • As per the EC’s reports, Banerjee is leading in Bhabanipur, at a margin of 42,292 votes.

On Sunday, Election Commission of India (ECI) directed the West Bengal government to refrain themselves from any processions or victory celebrations ahead of the counting of votes in the by-polls in the state. The EC has delivered its order at a time when the counting of votes for the by-polls taking place in Bhabanipur, Jangipur and Samserganj is in process amidst dense security.

In the letter to the West Bengal government, EC secretary Rakesh Kumar has stated, “…no victory celebrations/procession during/after the counting shall be allowed in the ongoing elections in West Bengal, for which counting is taking place on October 3, 2021.”

He has also added, “All necessary actions must be taken to ensure the strict compliance of Commission’s direction where in all such activities have already been prohibited in view of pandemic. Further, the state government must ensure that adequate steps are taken so that no post poll violence takes place.”

The EC’s order follows Bhabanipur BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal’s letter to the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, seeking measures for the prevention of alleged post poll violence after the counting.

Transport minister Firhad Hakim has said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed her party leadership to follow the directions of the EC and disallow any kind of rallies in Kolkata and other districts as well. The election commission has said that Banerjee was leading by 42,292 votes in the Bhabanipur following the 16th round of count, which took place on Sunday afternoon.