Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

EC a mute spectator in West Bengal; Party has crossed majority mark: Shah

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday hit out at the Election Commission for “not being impartial” in West Bengal and said it remained a mute spectator and did not act despite complaints of poll rigging in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

I don’t have any hope that the Election Commission will work impartially in West Bengal

“Attempts at election rigging are happening in West Bengal but the Election Commission has remained a mute spectator. It should intervene,” Shah told a press conference.

He said after each of the six phases of polling in the state, the BJP approached the Election Commission and sought action for the incidents of violence and rigging but not once has the poll panel ordered a repoll anywhere.

“The Election Commission has been a mute spectator. Everywhere in the country history-sheeters are apprehended ahead of polls. But in West Bengal they are roaming free… Not a single one has been caught so far. I seriously question the Election Commission’s neutrality in Bengal,” he said.

Until the history-sheeters were caught, questions will be raised on the Election Commission’s partiality, he said.

“The Commission has been partial from the very beginning of the elections in the state,” he said. “I don’t have any hope that the Election Commission will work impartially in West Bengal.”

He claimed that his party would win over 300 seats on its own in the Lok Sabha polls, while opposition parties may not even get the required number to elect the Leader of Opposition.

“Till the sixth phase of polling, we have already crossed the figure needed for an absolute majority and after the seventh phase, the BJP would cross the mark of 300 on its own,” Shah said.

Taking a swipe at the opposition parties for making efforts to forge fronts ahead of the counting on May 23, he said it would be required only after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s numbers come down.

“Any front will work if our numbers come down. We are going to win over 300 seats. If someone wants to make federal front to elect Leader of Opposition, we have no objection. There is democracy in the country.

“It can happen that they won’t even get the required number of seats to elect the Leader of Opposition. If they want to elect LoP together, that they can,” he said.

The BJP chief claimed that the party will win over 23 seats in West Bengal ruled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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