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EC responds to Mamata's letter, calls her allegation of voter intimidation in Nandigram 'factually incorrect'
TMC claimed that CRPF personnel, posted at booth number 197 in Nandigram, were seen exhibiting improper behaviour
In a point-by-point response to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s letter where she had raised concerns over alleged discrepancies during voting at the Boyal polling booth in Nandigram on April 1, the Election Commission termed her allegations “factually incorrect”.
The TMC supremo had alleged that central forces inside the polling booth had stopped people from casting their votes.
Rubbishing the allegations, the EC called her allegations “factually incorrect, without any empirical evidence whatsoever and devoid of substance”.
It further said that there is no evidence at all to suggest that the BSF jawans deployed at the polling station, indulged in any inappropriate behaviour.
The poll panel further said that her complaint that they did not permit voters to go inside the booth to cast their vote is far from true.
Citing the CCTV footage, the EC said that the video proves that no untoward incident took place in the booth during the second phase polling.
In a letter to the poll panel, the TMC claimed that CRPF personnel, posted at booth number 197 in Nandigram, were seen exhibiting improper behaviour, with some even intimidating women.
Such conduct by the CRPF men represents their partisan conduct which is prejudicial for the Trinamool, the letter said and demanded that the security team, seen "misbehaving" at the polling station, be immediately replaced and strict action be taken against the accused personnel.
Mamata Banerjee has also claimed that large-scale rigging had taken place in the constituency at the behest of BJP leaders, with the central forces doing nothing to stop the malpractice.
The BJP and the TMC are engaged in a war of words over Nandigram with both parties claiming victory from the high-profile seat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called Banerjee contesting elections from Nandigram her biggest mistake saying if she loses it will become very difficult for TMC to function as a party.
Attacking Mamata for questioning the Election Commission, the Prime Minister said, “Didi is abusing EC and questioning the security forces when she is unable to get ‘Chappa Vote’.
The next phase of polling will take place on April 6 with the counting of votes on May 2.