The West Bengal authorities has knowledgeable the Election Commission that it has supplied safety to the returning officer of the Nandigram meeting constituency which noticed a cliffhanger between TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, sources mentioned on Tuesday. Banerjee misplaced by 1,956 votes to former protege-turned-BJP adversary Adhikari. On Monday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief had alleged that the returning officer of Nandigram didn’t order recounting of votes even after she demanded it as he feared for his life.
The sources mentioned the returning officer was supplied safety in particular person and at his house on the instructions of the Election Commission (EC), amid experiences that he was below strain whereas performing his responsibility. On Tuesday, the ballot panel wrote a recent letter to the West Bengal authorities asking it to take all applicable measures to maintain a strict watch and monitor frequently the safety supplied to the officer. The EC has additionally requested that the officer must also be prolonged applicable medical assist and counselling.
Citing the letter, the sources mentioned that the state authorities has been instructed that any strain or hurt and even notion or furtherance of any such narrative shall have severe implications on the complete equipment deployed through the elections. The state’s chief electoral officer (CEO) has already been directed to make sure the secure custody of all election data, together with polled EVMs and VVPAT machines, video recordings, and counting data strictly in accordance with laid down pointers. The CEO may even coordinate with the state authorities for extra safety measures at such areas, if wanted.
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