Kolkata, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

The BJP today submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission (EC) saying the watchdog has failed to ensure free and fair poll in the 3rd phase poll on April 30 in West Bengal.

BJP's state unit president Rahul Sinha leading a five-member delegation and submitted the memorandum to Election Commission's Special Observer in West Bengal Sudhir Kumar Rakesh citing how the poll was rigged in various Lok Sabha constituencies during the third phase elections on April 30.

Mr Sinha said the EC has failed to ensure free and fair polling in nine Lok Sabha seats, especially in Birbhum parliament segment.

Mr Sinha said they were satisfied with the EC's arrangements for the first and 2nd phase polls on April 17 and April 24 for four and six seats respectively.

On April 30, nine seats that went to poll were Howrah, Uluberai, Sreerampur, Hooghly, Birbhum, Burdaman Purba, Burdaman-Dirgapur, Bolpur and Arambagh in four districts.

However, Mr Rakesh reiterated that the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the state were free and fair. "There had been absolutely free and fair polls. The complaints and allegations were not correct,' Mr Rakesh said.

Earlier, yesterday Left Front chairman Biman Bose also alleged that the 3rd phase poll was rigged and demanded withdrawal of Rakesh from West Bengal elections with immediate effect.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)