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India, New Delhi: Special Supervisor of the Elections Ajay V. Nayak said, “The current situation in West Bengal is like the condition of Bihar’s 15 years old. In Bihar at that time, the need for deployment of central forces was required at all polling stations. Now, this need falls in West Bengal because the people of the state have not trusted West Bengal Police and they are demanding deployment of central forces at all the polling stations.
A 1984-batch IAS officer, Ajay V Nayak was earlier the Chief Electoral Officer in Bihar. He was appointed as a special observer by the Election Commission last week. As per the Election poll officer, there was a need for strong central forces needed at all booths in Bihar, back then around 15 years ago and the same is needed now in West Bengal. Trinamool Congress has complained to the Election Commission (EC) against Mr. Nayak, claiming that the official is politically biased.
He said that during the third phase of voting on April 23, 324 companies of Central forces will be deployed at more than 92 percent polling stations in five Lok Sabha constituencies. On April 23, the voting will be held on Balorghat, Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats in the state. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has transferred the Malda Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh. Ajay Prasad has been replaced as Malda’s Superintendent of Police.
Sources said that Ghosh, apparently close to Trinamool Congress administration was in the eyes of the Election Commission. A few days ago, the state BJP had demanded to remove Ghosh from the post of the Election Commission.