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EC refutes allegations of Mamata Banerjee regarding discrepancies at Nandigram booth

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The Election Commission (EC) has refuted the allegations leveled by Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in her letter addressed to the poll panel about the alleged discrepancies during voting at a booth in Nandigram on April 1.

In fact, the poll panel is contemplating taking action against the veteran politician under the relevant sections of the Model Code of Conduct and the Representation of the People Act.

What EC said

In a point-by-point response, the poll panel said that allegations made against Border Security Force (BSF) jawans deployed at the Boyal polling station in Nandigram are “far from the truth”.

Rubbishing the allegations, the EC said, “There is no evidence at all to suggest that the BSF jawans who were deployed at the polling station, indulged in any inappropriate behaviour. Moreover, the complaint that they did not allow the voters to go inside the booth is far from the truth.”

A mock drill was conducted at 5.30 am at the Boyal polling station in Nandigram and voting commenced at 7 am on April 1, the EC said in its response. It also said that the polling agents of the BJP, CPI-M and an Independent were present inside the Boyal polling booth at the time of the mock drill.

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The poll panel also said that the TMC polling agent never showed up at the Boyal booth. “The ECI cannot force any one unwilling to work as a polling agent,” it said in its response.

The EC said the sector officer, IPS Nagendra Tripathi, General Observer IAS Hemen Das and Police Observer IPS Ashutosh Roy visited the polling booth inside Boyal Maktab Primary School and assured the Commission that voting was going on peacefully.

Relevant CCTV footage is available with the Commission to prove that there was no wrongdoing in the process, said the EC. There was no report of any violence, nor was there any intimidation of voters at the Boyal polling booth, said the EC.

The poll panel went on to say, “It is self-evident from the perusal of all the reports that the allegations mentioned in your hand-written note are factually incorrect, without any empirical evidence whatsoever and devoid of substance.”

What Mamata Banerjee had alleged

Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting the poll from Nandigram against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, had alleged that central forces were inside the Boyal polling booth and even stopped people from casting their votes.

 

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