The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has complained to the Election Commission over alleged misuse of central agencies in cases against TMC leaders, saying similar action is not taken against accused members of the BJP, according to reports.
According to the Hindustan Times, O’Brien called on the poll body to give necessary directions to the Central probe agencies including the NIA and ED regarding this and stop them from taking biased or partisan action in the pending cases.
The letter comes days after Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned senior TMC leader Madan Mitra in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.
In his letter, O’Brien further alleged that the BJP’s star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, were misusing the government machinery and urged the poll body to create a level playing field.
He wrote: “Part VII of the Model Code of Conduct prohibits the party in power both at the Centre and in the State to use their official position for the purpose of an election campaign. Shockingly, the same is being violated with impunity by the party in power at the Centre. I would like to draw your urgent attention to the following two instances… On the contrary, the same central agencies have not summoned any candidates/leaders/spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), though equally accused in such alleged crimes.”
Elections will be held on 294 seats of West Bengal in eight phases beginning March 27. The voting will conclude on April 29 and the counting will take place on May 2.