In the backdrop of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s claim that assembly elections in West Bengal would be held within two to three months, Deputy Chief Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi today said that no political party had demanded early poll in the State.
“I have met all major political parties, but none of them have demanded early polls,” Zutshi told reporters here.
“So far as the dates of election are concerned, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi has made it clear much earlier. I have nothing more to say on the subject,” he said.
Mr. Quraishi had stated in July that elections in the state were due in June 2011 and the rules allowed the Election Commission to begin the election process six months before the due date.
Stating that the elections would he held in due course, he had said the election process could not start before December 11.
The Trinamool Congress chief had claimed in a rally in Birbhum district on September 18 that the elections would be held after two or three months in the State and people should be ready for it.
Mr. Zutshi said the final electoral rolls for the assembly elections would be published on January five.
He said that political parties had alleged that false voters were being included in the voters list with fake identity cards and other documents.
“I have taken note of their allegations. 87 FIR have been filed against 290 people. I have told concerned officials to take serious action,” he said.
Mr. Zutshi also met 12 district magistrates during the day and expressed satisfaction with the preparations for the elections.