Claiming that the reason given by the poll panel for changing the rule was ‘ambiguous’, the TMC accused it of being biased.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC), the ruling party in West Bengal, wrote to the Election Commission of India urging the poll body to go back to the older system of appointment of polling agents under which contesting candidates appointed electors from the same polling stations or from neighbouring ones in the same constituency, news agency PTI reported on Sunday. According to the poll body’s new rule, an elector from any part of an assembly constituency can now be appointed as a polling agent.
Claiming that the reason given by the poll panel for changing the rule was ‘ambiguous’, the TMC accused it of being biased. “The reason for the same has been stated to be based on inputs and for the convenience of the candidates. Such reasoning is not only ambiguous in nature but also leads us to a conclusion that it has been implemented to help certain political parties, namely the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), due to them not possessing the strength to muster enough polling agents,” the party said.
News Source : Hindustan times