A DAY after Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Election Commission (EC) to protest the transfer of four senior police officers, the poll panel on Sunday termed the West Bengal Chief Minister’s remarks as “unfortunate” and “factually incorrect”.
On Saturday, Banerjee wrote to the EC, accusing it of acting “at the behest of the BJP”.
AdvertisingIn a letter addressed to Banerjee, the Commission wrote that the EC is fully within its rights under Section 28A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, to act against police officers on poll duty.
The EC, in its response, said, “It is unfortunate that an exercise carried out by the ECI only during the duration of Model Code of Conduct is being labelled as arbitrary, motivated at the behest of the ruling party at the centre.
Advertising“A few days back, it was in the press statements of BJP leaders making comments that senior officers of the state in the police administration would soon be replaced by the EC… Just soon thereafter the order of the Commission on removal of officers was received.
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