Alleging the collapse of law and order in TMC-ruled West Bengal, top BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Sunday demanded that local police be kept out of elections to the Assembly of next year to ensure that the exercise is conducted in a free and fair manner.
Speaking to reporters, the BJP general secretary, who is the party’s leader for West Bengal, also said cases of “infiltration” are on the rise in the eastern state.
“Law enforcement mechanisms have collapsed in West Bengal. The infiltrators are pouring in. Contract murders of political workers are ongoing. In these difficult times, we have asked the central government to impose presidential power or the Election Commission to ensure that people vote fearlessly, ”he added.
Mr Vijayvargiya, who is from Madhya Pradesh, said that the EC had assured after his visit to Calcutta that the central forces would be deployed in sufficient numbers in the next elections.
“But we demanded that the state police be kept out of the elections as the police are politicized (politically biased) and criminalized as well,” said the BJP chief.
Former Madhya Pradesh minister said the BJP would single-handedly challenge assembly elections, scheduled for April-May next year, against the TMC led by Mamta Banerjee, and win over 50% of the vote .
“The BJP does not need to forge an alliance in West Bengal,” he added.
After having had a limited presence in the politically polarized state for decades, the BJP has become the main rival of the ruling Trinamool Congress. He won 18 of Lok Sabha’s 42 seats in West Bengal in the 2019 general election.
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