The West Bengal government has not received a response to its requests to Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha to send armed police forces for deployment during the upcoming three-phase rural polls in the State’s 17 districts.

The State has sought 130 companies of such forces, a senior official said here on Thursday.

The State government is finding it difficult to meet the shortfall of nearly 700 companies of security forces for deployment in the run-up and during the first phase scheduled on July 2.

It had written to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday seeking 300 companies of Central paramilitary forces till July 13 in a bid to meet the shortfall.

Stating that some paramilitary forces were already stationed in the State, the official said: “We will have to rest content with whatever forces we get from the Centre.”

The State government had got 30 companies of Central forces out of the 63 it had sought for the Howrah Lok Sabha by-poll on June 2, he added.

  • There is a shortfall of 700 companies of security forces for deployment

  • We will have to remain content with whatever forces we get: official