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West Bengal assembly polls 2021: EC accuses Mamata of trying to ‘belittle’ election panel | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Responding to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s suggestion that it hear grievances of all parties and not be guided by a particular dispensation, the Election Commission recounted its four meetings with Trinamool Congress in Delhi and Kolkata since December 17 2020 and said the CM’s repeated innuendos were intended to belittle the commission.
The poll panel also rejected her demand for reinstation of director security Vivek Sahay and other officers who were removed for lapses pointed out by state chief secretary and EC special observers in her personal security and police bandobast, that led to her injury at Nandigram.

“Commission maintains the position that they would not like to keep on being put in the dock for alleged proximity to any political entity etc.
However, if CM persists in creating and attempting to perpetuate this myth for reasons best known to her, it is singularly unfortunate, and it is only for CM to adjudge as to why she is doing so,” the EC said in its response to Banerjee’s letter dated March 14.
Stating that Trinamool has repeatedly accused it of acting arbitrarily, the EC referred to letters on March 4 and 10 as well those received on March 12 and 14. Rejecting Banerjee’s plea to reinstate Sahay — sacked on EC’s directions – the commission pointed out that a new director security, Gyanwant Singh, had been appointed by the chief secretary in consultation with the DGP.
This was suggested “keeping the security sensitivities of your person as CM and a Z+ class protectee” in mind, said EC.

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