EC removes Bengal ADG day after saying ballot dates

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A day after saying the dates for meeting polls in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Saturday eliminated Additional Director General of Police (Law and order) Jawed Shamim and introduced in Jag Mohan in his place, an official order mentioned.

Shamim, a 1995-batch IPS officer, will change Mohan because the DG Fire Services within the rank of ADG, the chief electoral officer (CEO) of the state mentioned within the order.

The shuffle got here hours after a BJP delegation, which included MPs Swapan Dasgupta and Arjun Singh, met CEO Ariz Aftab and urged him to take away “biased” cops from election responsibility.

The Mamata Banerjee authorities had made Shamim, who was Special Commissioner of Police (II) of the Kolkata Police, the state ADG (Law and order) earlier this month forward of the meeting polls.

Elections to the West Bengal meeting will probably be held in eight phases, up from seven final time. The first and final part of polling will probably be held on March 27 and April 29 respectively. Votes will probably be counted on May 2.

On the elevated variety of phases within the state, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday mentioned when the EC assesses the legislation and order state of affairs, the evaluation relies on a number of elements and it additionally has to have in mind expenses and counter-charges by political events.

“The way the police administration is functioning in West Bengal, it is evident that fair polling is not possible here. We can name a few police officers who are posted in the city. If they continue in their posts, free and fair elections are not possible,” Dasgupta instructed reporters after assembly the CEO.

He claimed that a number of requests to Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra for a gathering on this connection fell on deaf ears.

“That’s why we came to the commission today,” the BJP MP added.

Besides being the Director General Fire Services, Shamim may even maintain the cost of DG Civil Defence until additional discover, the CEO’s order mentioned.

Mohan, a 1991-batch IPS officer, may even be the state police nodal officer.