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Setback for Mamata: EC turns down demand for recounting of Nandigram votes

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New Delhi: In the matter of recounting in Nandigram Assembly Constituency where the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was a candidate, the Election Commission of India has given the order that the Returning Officer is the Final Authority under Law

The ECI said in a statement on Tuesday 4 May that certain sections of media have reported about the matter of recounting in Nandigram. According to the EC, Returning Officer (RO) of an Assembly Constituency performs statutory functions under the RP Act, 1951in quasi-judicial capacity independently. Whether it is nomination, polling or counting, the RO acts strictly in accordance with the extant electoral laws, instructions and guidelines of the ECI.

The EC has made it very clear: “As far as the media reporting on ‘recount’ concerning Nandigram AC is concerned, as per Rule 63 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, which lays down the process of dealing with recount request, it inter alia, states:

On such an application being made the returning officer shall decide the matter and may allow the application in whole or in part or may reject it in toto if it appears to him to be frivolous or unreasonable.

In the light of the above, the RO takes a decision which can only be challenged through Election Petition under section 80 of the RP Act, 1951, which provides that,

No election shall be called in question except by an election petition presented in accordance with the provisions of this Part.

After the counting in Nandigram AC, the election agent of a particular candidate requested for recount, which was rejected by the RO, through a speaking orderon the basis of material facts available before him in accordance with the provisions of Rule 63, as above, and declared the result. In such a case, only legal remedy is to file an EP before the High Court.   

CEO West Bengal, in this matter of Nandigram AC, has made available a copy of the Order of the RO and other relevant material related to counting. General Observer for the AC has also furnished a report in the matter. From the available material before the Commission, following facts reveal in respect of counting held on 2 May, 2021 in Nandigram AC: 

I. Each counting table had one micro observer.  Their reports never indicated any impurity of counting process on their respective table. 

II. The RO caused the entries of votes polled by each candidate after each round to be written on the display board which could be easily seen by the counting agents. No doubt was raised on the result of round-wise counting. This enabled the RO to proceed uninterruptedly with the counting of votes.

 III. On the basis of Form-17C duly completed by the counting supervisors, Returning Officer prepared a round-wise statement.  In addition, on the computer installed in the Counting Hall, parallel tabulation work was also done in an Excel sheet to counter check any human error.

 IV. A copy of each of the rounds’ results was shared with all the counting agents.

 V.  After every round, counting agents signed the result sheets.

 5.   Election related Officers on ground perform in extremely competitive political environment diligently with full transparency and fairness and therefore attribution of any motive in such cases is not desirable.

6.  On the basis of media reports on undue pressure on the RO Nandigram, Commission directed the Chief Secretary West Bengal on 3 May 2021 to provide adequate security, which State Government has now provided.

7. The Commission has further directed CEO West Bengal to ensure the safe custody of all election records including polled EVM/VVPAT, videorecording, statutory papers, counting records etc. strictly in accordance with laid down guidelines/instructions of the Commission. He will also coordinate with the State Government for additional security measures at such locations, if required.

Assembly Polls: Victory for Mamata in West Bengal, BJP in Assam and Puducherry, LDF in Kerala and DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the Centre, has been beaten squarely by the All India Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee in the general election to the West Bengal Assembly.

This is AITC’s third consecutive victory in Bengal Assembly election.

Till 7 pm on Sunday 2 May 2021, AITC was leading in 192 and had 21 of the 292 seats when the counting of votes was still in progress

The Bharatiya Janata Party was way begind, leading in 75 seats and winning three seats (73).
The Left parties and Indian National Congress failed to open their account.

In Tamil Nadu, Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), in alliance with Congress, will replace the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) ruling the State for 10 years. DMK alliance was ahead in 112 constituencies while ally Congress was leading in 16 seats.

The AIADMK was leading in 75 seats and had won two seats while the BJP was leading in three of the total 234 seats.

The Left Democratic Front in Kerala created history by retaining power in the state where goverments change every five years. The LDF won 44 seats and was ahead in 49 while the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front bagged 17 seats and was leading in 25 seats of 140 seats. The BJP failed to open its account.

In Assam BJP was on its way to form the Government. The ruling BJP alliance with AGP and UPPL has given a drubbing to the Congress party’s grand alliance in Assam.

Mammoth BJP rally in Kolkata: Modi tears apart 10 yr of Mamata rule on every front

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Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mammoth BJP rally at the Brigade Grounds here on Sunday 7 March 2021. In The PM’s own words – he has never addressed such a massive public meeting in his entire political career.

Popular film personality mithun chakraborty was especially present on the dais.

The Prime Minister took a dig at Mamta Banerjee and her government and said they came to power promising change but during their 10 year rule, they have only looted the people, kept them backward and served their own vested interests. He equated Mamata Banerjee with corruption, syndicate and mafia raj and blamed her for committing atrocities against BJP workers.

Targetting fiercely the Bengal CM and the ruling TMC, Modi said “Mamta didi” has not been able to give up nepotism. Blasting her for not remaining firm in her ideology, the PM said that she is now banking on thd support of Congress and the Leftists to cling to power. The cruel face of TMC is now before the entire world, he observed.

Modi said all the poor and underprivileged people were his brothers and he would do everything possible to mitigate their sufferings.

Modi made the following electoral promises:

Will arrange for education and medicine for Bengal.

Will bring development from farmers to fishermen.

Public trust will be restored in terms of police administration.

Engineering and medical education will be imparted in Bengali language.

Will transform the politics of Bengal from politics of violence to the politics of development.

Will not give anyone a chance to ruin Bengal.

Vote bank politics will not be allowed to dominate Bengal.

Will stop infiltration of illegal migrants from Bengal.

Will give concrete houses to those living in slums.

Will restore public confidence in the government system.

Will make Kolkata the city of future.

We will implement Central schemes in Bengal.

Bengal will move forward with a new resolve.

Development of Bengal is our goal.

We have given gas cylinders to 90 lakh people in Bengal

We have built five lakh toilets here.

Have worked for my poor friends and will continue to work for them.

In the Corona era, we gave rations and money to poor friends.

The corona vaccine is expensive throughout the world, but I have arranged free vaccines for the poor.

Senior Trinamool Congress leader quits Mamata Cabinet

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Kolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari on Friday 27 November quit as a cabinet minister in the Mamata Banerjee government, shooting his letter of resignation to the Chief Minister ans emailing a copy to Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Tendering his resignation as Minister, Adhikari has urged the Chief Minister that steps be taken for its immediate acceptance.