Trinamool Congress has taken exception to the deployment of Special Armed Police (SAP) from Uttar Pradesh in West Bengal on election duty.
“We strongly object to deployment of personnel of SAP from UP since it is governed by Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is a star campaigner for BJP,” stated a letter written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal by TMC leader Derek O’Brien.
While appealing to the EC to not deploy police force from UP or any other BJP ruled states in West Bengal, O’Brien, who is leader of TMC in Rajya Sabha, wrote that they would not object if security personnel from a non-BJP state were given law and order duties in West Bengal for the smooth conduct of elections.
In another letter, O’Brien urged the CEO to issue directions to central agencies such as “ED, CBI, NIA and IT (Income Tax)” to refrain from singling out TMC functionaries including candidates for actions “during the pendency of the ongoing elections”.
O’Brien added that central agencies were harassing TMC leaders in cases, which were at least five years old.
Many BJP leaders were accused in these very cases but they were not summoned by central agencies. “This is clearly a proof of misuse of central agencies by the party in power at the centre”, the letter said and added that the actions by the central agencies against TMC
leaders were designed to influence the voters in the state by showing TMC in a bad light.
The letter further alleged that a battery of BJP heavyweights including the Prime Minister, Home Minister and other central ministers and chief ministers of BJP ruled states have been using their official transport and other government paraphernalia while visiting West Bengal for election campaign. Use of official machineries by these VIPs is making a mockery of the principle of creating a level-playing field for contestants, TMC alleged.