The West Bengal Congress leadership wrote a letter to the Election Commission on Thursday expressing concerns over the possibility of violence during the by-polls for the Rejinagar Assembly seat this Saturday.
The letter urged the Commission to take adequate steps to seal the border between the State’s Murshidabad and Nadia districts.
Senior Congress leader and former Minister in the State Government Manas Ranjan Bhunia wrote that the party had learnt from “reliable sources” that “activists and strongmen” of the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress could enter the Rejinagar Assembly constituency and try to disrupt the election process.
The outsiders will assemble at Plassey near the border of Murshidabad and Nadia and will try to enter the constituency on February 22 and February 23, the letter states.
Raising questions about the role of police authorities in Murshidabad district, Dr. Bhunia said their attitude is “disturbing and doubtful” as false cases have already been registered against Congress workers in the district.
Later during the day Dr. Bhunia met the State’s Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta and urged him to keep a watch on police officers in the district.
“We requested the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that the elections are held peacefully, not only at Rejinagar but also at English Bazar and Nalhati -- the two other assembly constituencies that will go to polls on February 23,” he said, adding, “Mr. Gupta has assured that the IGP ( South Bengal) will keep a watch on the situation in Murshidabad.”