Kolkata-West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday pushed the central forces for allegedly firing “inside” a polling booth in Birbhum district and accused the BJP of misusing the forces in the elections.
Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she stated it is not the job of the central forces to enter polling booths and they should keep vigil outside.
In Dubrajpur area of Birbhum constituency, voters allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the central forces when they were barred from entering booths with mobile phones, a senior election official announced.
Security personnel reportedly fire in the air to control the mob, following which polling was stalled in the booths, the official stated.
“I have heard that the CRPF fired inside a booth in Dubrajpur. I am yet to get a detailed report. CRPF personnel can be deputed outside booths, but they do not have the right to lathicharge or fire,” Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, spoke.
She claimed that the firing was a ploy to rig the polls by the BJP with the help of central forces.
“Law and order is a state subject and not a central subject. Even if the central forces have to conduct a route march, they are needed to do it along with the state police,” the TMC chief said while speaking at rallies in Baghdad and Swaroop Nagar in North 24 Parganas district.
Banerjee accused the BJP of misusing the law and bringing in central forces without depending on the state police and utilizing them in garnering votes for themselves.
“We know the law. I have heard that complaints were made (before the EC) that the central force personnel have gone inside booths and asked people to vote for the BJP. This will not help the BJP,” she replied.