Poll panel indifferent to complaints: CPI-M

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 02, 2011 15:00 hrs

Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday alleged that the Election Commission (EC) was indifferent to the complaints against the Trinamool Congress violating the model code of conduct (MCC) in West Bengal.

The party lodged a complaint with the state chief electoral officer's Office in this regard.

'The EC is indifferent to our complaints of violation of MCC by the Trinamul Congress. It has pulled down posters and banners of our student wing - Students federation of India (SFI), which is not a political party. It's unfortunate that EC has taken double standards in case of implementing MCC,' Rabin Deb, CPI-M state secretariat member told reporters.

Deb also said the party will take legal action against 'Election Commission's double standards'.

'No steps have been taken by the EC though it was informed that Trinamool Congress activists had put up banners in lampposts and railings beside roads which are public properties. During road shows of Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee, her party supporters had put up posters in railings besides road and dividers,' he said.

Admitting that they have received a letter of complaint on the issue, Additional Chief Electoral Officer N.K. Sahana said it will be sent to the EC's office in New Delhi.

'The EC will take the decision. No one can block traffic and put political posters in public properties during campaign,' he said.

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