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Election Commission warns Mamata Banerjee, says it has power to cancel WB polls


April 8, 2014 - New Delhi

  • Election Commission warned West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee that they have the power to cancel elections in West Bengal if its orders were not complied with.
  • The Election Commissioner earlier directed West Bengal government to transfer five Superintendents of Police, a District Magistrate and two additional district magistrates after complaints filed by Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India (Marxist) parties.
  • The officials who were alleged to have been acting in a partisan manner and failed to address grievances over violation of model code in the state ahead of polling.
  • West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who is furious with the EC's order refused to transfer the officials. She said she is ready to take on Election Commission and is even prepared to be arrested and go to jail.
  • The EC ordered transfer of Birbhum SP Alok Rajoria, West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh, Murshidabad SP Humayun Kabir, Burdwan SP M H Mirza, Malda SP R K Yadav, North 24 Parganas DM Sanjay Bansal, Mathurapur Addl DM Alokesh Prasad Roy and West Midnapore Addl DM Arindam Dutta.
  • Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal begins April 17 in five phases.

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