Kolkata, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

Alleging that the office of the chief electoral officer in West Bengal remained 'non performing', Congress candidate from Kolkata North constituency Somen Mitra today expressed doubt whether free and fair elections would be held in West Bengal.

"I doubt whether free and fair polls is possible in West Bengal. A section of officials are working either under pressure or on behalf of the ruling Trinamool Congress," he said at a press conference.

Replying a question about the CEO office, the veteran Congress leader said it was a non-performing one.

"The CEO's office has remained non-performing. I don't know whether the office knows how to work or doesn't want to work," he said.

Mr Mitra alleged that while Congress leaders and workers were being assaulted no action was being taken either by police, or the district magistrate and the CEO's office.

Replying a question on the possibility of a post-poll alliance with the Trinamool Congress, he said, "The Trinamool Congress is in a better position to answer this. Those who deny to acknowledge the existence of the Congress, will they be interested in forging an alliance with us? We are confident of UPA-3 coming to power."

The state goes to poll in four phases -- April 24, April 30, May 07, May 12.

(Posted on 05-04-2014)