New Delhi: Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: Political temperature suddenly increased in West Bengal over the Election Commission’s decision to hold the upcoming Assembly polls in eight phases. Though the Bharatiya Janata Party has welcomed the decision, many opposition parties and state ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) have raised questions over it. TMC head and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that why election are being held in so many phases in Bengal while in rest of the states the exercise will complete in single phase. On the other hand, the BJP has said that anti-social elements need to be controlled for peaceful elections.
Mamta Banerjee raised questions
Expressing displeasure over the election programs, Banerjee said that questions are being raised as to why elections are being held in West Bengal in so many phases while in other states it is going to happen in one phase. If the Election Commission does not do justice to the people then where will the people go. She also asked whether the dates have been announced as per the suggestions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
The reason for stretching the election should be explained: Yechury
CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury urged the poll panel to explain the reason for extending the elections in Bengal by more than a month. In order to defeat the BJP in Bengal, it is necessary to defeat the Trinamool Congress government because it has given the BJP a chance to enter the state. Anti-incumbency against the TMC government is benefiting BJP.
D Raja wants a ‘solid reason’
CPI General Secretary D. Raja said that the Election Commission should give concrete reasons for announcing the elections in Bengal in eight phases. On the other hand, Congress spokesperson
Jaiveer Shergill said that on the one hand the BJP government imposes a rhetoric of ‘One Nation One Election’, on the other hand, the Election Commission has announced that elections will be held in Bengal in eight phases, it shows a large difference between the virtual world of sloganeering and actual implementation.
CPI-M General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said that the five-day Test match in Chennai lasted for two days in Ahmedabad and the one-day election in Tamil Nadu was stretched up to eight stages in West Bengal. Can anyone explain this number game?
Prithviraj Chavan says, is it planned?
Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan asked if there was a devious plan. If elections can be held in Kerala-140, Tamil Nadu-234 and Puducherry-30 (total 404 seats), then what is the need for seven-eight phases for Assam-126 and West Bengal-294 (total 420 seats) .
Tariq Anwar said: Deliberately done
Senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar said that I believe it was done deliberately. The Election Commission has helped the BJP. If the BJP feels that it will help them, it is not so. I know the people of Bengal. They are of agitational nature… Bengal is Bengal.
Babul Supriyo welcomes the decision
BJP MP from Bengal Babul Supriyo welcomed the Election Commission’s move and said that the time has come for a change in the state. Senior Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma also welcomed the programs announced by the Election Commission. Elections will be held in Assam in three phases from 27 March.
Vijayvargiya hails the move
After this, BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya welcomed the decision of election in eight phases in West Bengal. He said that it was very important to conduct a fair election. Anti-social elements will have to be controlled to conduct peaceful elections in West Bengal. Deployment of impartial officers will have to be done in every district of the state so that there is no impediment in the voting.
West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: Here’re the dates
The Election Commission on Friday announced the dates for the Assembly elections for four states and one union territory. According to the commission, voting will start from March 27 to April 29 while counting of votes will take place on May 2. Elections in West Bengal will be held in eight phases. According to the commission, voting will take place on March 27, April 1, 6, 10, 17, 22, 26 and 29. Voting in three phases in Assam will take place on March 27, April 1 and 6. Elections in Kerala and Tamil Nadu will be held on April 6 in one phase.