People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 25, 2004
CPI(M) Takes Exception To EC Move
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following
statement on April 17, 2004.
is reported that under the Election Commission's instructions, polling staff
from outside West Bengal will be deployed in the state. For this purpose, a few
thousand staff from neighbouring states are being assigned polling duties in
West Bengal. In no other state is such a measure being taken.
Polit Bureau takes serious exception to this measure. Why is West Bengal being
singled out? Does it mean that in the rest of India everything is normal and
West Bengal is the exception? If polling staff from outside a state is being
deployed in all states, there can be no objection to the move.
Election Commission must be aware that in Gujarat, the RSS has thoroughly
infiltrated all sections of the state government machinery with the full
blessings of the Narendra Modi government. Why is this measure not applicable to
Gujarat then? The Commission must have noted the situation in Tamilnadu where
the Jayalalitha government has sought to intimidate the government employees in
the state by their unprecedented and enmasse dismissal a few months ago. In
other states too, there are various problems.
Commission has taken this unilateral step without even asking the state
government for its views. In all previous elections, the Commission had gone on
record appreciating the manner in which the elections were conducted in West
Polit Bureau urges the Commission to make the induction of staff from outside an
all India norm, or to withdraw the step taken in West Bengal.