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BJP moves Supreme Court seeking deployment of central forces for Kolkata municipal election

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding that Central Armed Police Force personnel should be deployed for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election on December 19, PTI reported.

The BJP’s West Bengal President Sukanta Majumdar said that the party fears widespread violence if the voting takes place under the supervision of the state police, going by the experiences of the 2018 panchayat elections and previous civic polls.

“The opposition will not be allowed to campaign and voters will not be allowed to vote,” Majumdar alleged. “Only central forces can prevent such a situation.”

The BJP’s West Bengal chief added that the party has also urged Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to look into the demand, The Indian Express reported. “We had made a deputation to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and told him that a free, fair and peaceful election in West Bengal is not possible with the state police force,” he said.

The party also wrote to the West Bengal State Election Commission, seeking the deployment of Central Armed Police Force personnel for the poll. It said that the state poll panel will be responsible for any untoward incidents during the election.

On Thursday, Dhankhar met State Election Commissioner Sourav Das at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. The official informed the…

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