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Six-member Trinamool Congress MPs delegation meets ECI

Kolkata: A six-member Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs delegation met the Election Commission of India on Friday to raise the Nandigram incident in which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suffered injuries.

The delegation included TMC MPs Dereck O’Brien, Saugata Roy, Satabdi Roy, Kakoli Ghosh. Dastidar, Pratima Mondal and Santunu Sen.

TMC delegation alleged a “deep rooted BJP conspiracy” behind the attack and asked for an “immediate and unbiased” investigation of the same.

“We demand high-level enquiry into injuries sustained by Ms Banerjee in Nandigram,” they said.

Senior TMC leader Saugata Roy said, “We have demanded a high-level probe into attack on Mamata Banerjee at Nandigram. When incident happened, there was no police presence there. The events leading up to the attempt on her life, leave no doubt, that the attack was part of deep rooted conspiracy.”

“Removal of senior officers and then injury to Mamata ji suggest law and order situation worsening in state. We see a conspiracy behind, not taking any party’s name, it will be revealed whenever matter will be probed. We expect neutral inquiry by Election Commission,” Mr Roy said.

Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, “Mamata Banerjee is the only woman chief minister in the country. All have expressed their concerns over the incident but there has been no message from the Prime Minister and Home Minister of the country yet.

“They have replaced ADG Law and Order and DG. Immediately after, this incident happened. The entire responsibility is with ECI to prove where are the lapses and why it has happened,” Mr Chatterjee added.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the Nandigram incident in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was hurt, the Election Commission has asked the state administration to be more cautious while planning for security arrangements for high-profile VVIPs when they campaign for the coming assembly election, an EC official said.

The state chief election officer Ariz Aftab along with ADG (Law and Order) and state nodal officer Jagmohan held virtual meetings with district magistrates in the state and asked to adopt strict security measures.

Two special observers for the West Bengal assembly elections arrived in Purba Medinipur district on Friday to oversee the preparedness in several districts, a senior official said.

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