KOLKATA: The Election Commission on Sunday said the allegations levelled by chief minister Mamata Banerjee against its officers and observers regarding a directive to arrest “TMC goons” were absolutely “baseless, false and misleading”.
The poll panel in a press statement said: “No such instructions have been given by any Observer, Chief Electoral Officer or Officer of the Commission to act against workers of any party.” On Banerjee’s allegation of “preventive detentions” of Trinamool Congress workers, EC said: “No court case has so far been reported to CEO, WB’s office or the Commission where any instance of preventive action against a non-criminal has come to the notice. Misleading narratives apart, leave alone any court case, no specific instance of illegal preventive action against any worker of party has been reported till 25.4.21.”
The EC further said: “Conduct of free, fair, intimidation free and violence free election requires close monitoring of all miscreants and history sheeters who have the potential to vitiate the polls. Preventive actions under relevant provisions of CrPC, IPC are taken by all law enforcing agencies to ensure they are prevented from creating any mischief.” On Saturday, the CM had said she would move the Supreme Court’s Constitution bench after Bengal polls over how Election Commission can be insulated from political interference