TMC writes to EC urging it to revert to earlier
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NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission urging it to withdraw a latest order that relaxed a rule on the appointment of polling brokers, and alleged that the EC had taken the step to assist the BJP.
According to a March 2009 rule by the EC, polling brokers who’re appointed by the contesting candidates shall need to be electors within the similar polling stations or from neighbouring polling stations falling in the identical constituency.
However, the availability was amended just lately to permit an elector from any a part of an meeting constituency to be appointed as a polling agent.
“The motive for a similar has been said to be primarily based on inputs and for the comfort of the candidates. Such reasoning shouldn’t be solely ambiguous in nature but in addition leads us to a conclusion that it has been carried out to assist sure political events, specifically the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as a consequence of them not possessing the energy to muster sufficient polling brokers,” the Trinamool Congress alleged in a letter to the EC dated March 26. The get together launched the letter on Sunday.
It claimed that the brand new directions have been made with a “mala fide intention to benefit the candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party”.
“Such instruction handed by the Election Commission of India simply earlier than the scheduled date of election to happen in West Bengal is bigoted, motivated and biased,” it alleged and urged the EC to withdraw the route and restore the sooner rule.
While the primary of the eight phases of meeting polls in West Bengal was performed on March 26, the second section is on April 1.
A TMC delegation led by MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay had on Saturday raised the problem at a gathering with Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab in Kolkata.

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