West Bengal State Election Commissioner apprises Governor M.K. Narayanan of the security arrangements being made for the July panchayat elections.

West Bengal State Election Commissioner Mira Pande on Saturday met Governor M.K. Narayanan here and apprised him of the security arrangements being made for the July panchayat elections.

Though she refused to comment on what transpired during the meeting, it is crucial, coming after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement on June 5 that the Centre had refused to send 300 companies of Central forces sought by the State government for the polls.  Ms. Pande told journalists earlier that she would think the government would abide by the Calcutta High Court order which directed it to provide necessary security. 

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) urged the Commission to act against Fire Minister Javed Khan for allegedly violating the model code of conduct during a poll rally.