The Election Commission of India on Wednesday held a review meeting for final and seventh phase of elections to be held on 19 May, with observers and state chief electoral officers.
The meeting has been held via video conference and it is much remarkable just after the day while BJP and Trinamool Congress workers fought pitched battles on streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by BJP’s national president Amit Shah.
An official linked to poll body claimed, “Since nine out of 59 parliamentary constituencies going for poll on May 19 are from West Bengal, it is natural that observers and poll officials from the state will also participate.”
But, he refused to say whether the focus will be on West Bengal.
While Trinamool Congress has sought a meeting with the Commission on the issue, a Bharatiya Janata Party delegation urged the Election Commission on Tuesday to bar West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in the state
It alleged that constitutional machinery has collapsed there. After the meeting on Tuesday senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed West Bengal Chief Minister for provocative speech during election campaign.