Kolkata – As the state Election Department in West Bengal has made elaborate arrangements for peaceful elections in all seven Municipalities across the state on Sunday, the opposition parties are apprehending trouble in many areas, allegedly by miscreants of the ruling party.
Though a left delegation sought an appointment with State Election Commissioner Amarendra Singh on Friday to apprise him of their apprehension and wanted to know about steps taken by the Commission to prevent entry of any outsider in all seven municipalities during Sunday’s poll, it was denied.
No such appointment was granted by the Commission which also refused to meet a similar delegation of the BJP on the same issue, Informed sources said here on Saturday.
Alleging that no opposition leader, including Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and CPI- M State Secretary Suryakanta Mishra besides BJP State President Dilip Ghosh, could campaign in Durgapur, Haldia and Panskura municipality areas during the past few days because of the intervention of several trouble makers of the ruling party,they said in absence of any assurance regarding peace and holding of a free and fair elections, they had called upon their own party cadres and supporters to organize spontaneous public protest in every place in case of any violence in any of these polling areas.
But, on the other hand the Commission which after reviewing the law and order situation in each of the seven municipalities during the past few days, has promised elaborate security and other arrangements before, during and even after the poll on Sunday to ensure that there should be no trouble anywhere.
No body should have any iota of doubt about our commitment to ensure a free,fair and peacefull municipal elections on Sunday, the Commission sources said while refusing to comment on the opposition allegation and apprehension of trouble and their call for a public protest in case of any trouble by miscreants.
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