ECI needs to retain central forces in West Bengal after elections are complete in areas where voters are threatened

ECI should not allow any more mockery of the elections process and make an act of violence and intimidation accountable

ECI needs to retain central forces in West Bengal after elections are complete in areas where voters are threatened
ECI needs to retain central forces in West Bengal after elections are complete in areas where voters are threatened

Dear Honorable Sunil Arora and Honorable Sudeep Jain (West Bengal in Charge)

The violence in West Bengal elections is unprecedented.  The recent firm actions by ECI in West Bengal though late in coming is recognition of the degree and extent of violence.      Given the situation there, where voters and even polling agents are threatened and terrorized of consequences once the Central forces leave, it is imperative that Central forces are kept for some time in sensitive areas and ECI continues to monitor the situation even after the voting process completes.

Constitution of India entrusted ECI to conduct free and fair elections to every adult citizen of the country.  ‘Free’ means a voter’s ability to exercise their choice without fear.   ECI responsibility does not end with the completion of voting if sections or groups of voters are terrorized of consequences if a candidate does not win. Once such fear is ingrained, voters will not be able to exercise their choice freely in future elections. Given this situation, ECI has the responsibility to monitor the situation for some time and ensure no intimidation or violence occurs on groups/sections of voters.

Also, ECI needs to ensure the investigation of murders during elections are being held.  Since there is concrete evidence these crimes are perpetrated with the administration looking another way, such cases need to be handed over to central agencies like CBI.

ECI should not allow any more mockery of the elections process and make an act of violence and intimidation accountable.

 

Note:
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

Satya Dosapati

Satya Dosapati is an activist based in the US working on causes for both in India and US. He played a critical role in the introduction of paper trail for India's Electronic Voting Machines called VVPAT. He and another activist organized All American Rally for Trump bringing in various ethnic communities together in support of Trump Presidential Election. He is well known for challenging 100 and 30 million dollar lawsuits from Sonia Gandhi proxies in the US when he coordinated a UN protest against Sonia Gandhi representing Mahatma Gandhi values at UN and taking a full page Ad in New York Times exposing her. He has several successes in an activist movement from forcing Andhra Pradesh CM YSR in 2007 in banning conversions insideHindu temples, bringing attention to the plight of backward caste minor girls in West Bengal being kidnapped and thrown into sexual slavery through love jihad. His presentation on Plunder of India by Sonia UPA received nearly 2 lacs hits. He was also engaged in animal rights movements in the US for health, environment, and compassion. He received his bachelors from IIT Chennai and pursuing a career in Telecom in the US.
Satya Dosapati

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  1. Good piece by Mr Dosapati. There is a simpler solution. According to the law as it stands a posse of policemen can take action only on the orders of a Magistrate to cane charge, tear gas or open fire. A police Officer can perform the role of a Magistrate in the absence of one. As Law and Order is a State subject the appointment and empowering of Executive Magistrates or empowering police officers can only be done by the State Government. Therefore deputing Central Police forces is only a demonstration like a flag march and nothing more. ECI must have the powers to empower any Officer as an Executive Magistrate from the time polls are announced and upto two or three days after counting. Otherwise the Mamta Model of Mobocracy will spread to other areas in the Country as well. If it requires an amendment to the CrPC the central government should make the amendment. ECI will be well advised to make this request to the Government.

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