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ECI makes important decisions on Nandigram Incident


The Election Commission of India met today to discuss reports submitted by Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and the joint report submitted by Special General Observer Ajay Nayak and Special Police Observer Vivek Dube on the incident at Nandigram leading to injury to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 10th March 2021.

After perusing the reports, the Commission decided the following:

  1. Vivek Sahay IPS, Director Security shall be removed from the post of the Director Security and be placed under suspension immediately. The charges must be framed against him within a week for grossly failing in the discharge of his primary duty as Director Security to protect the Z+ protectee.
  2. Chief Secretary, in consultation with DGP, is authorised to post suitable Director Security immediately following the extant procedure. Posting order may be communicated to the Commission latest by 1300 hours on 15th March 2021.
  3. A Committee of Chief Secretary and DGP shall identify within the next three days the other proximate security personnel below Director Security, who failed in their duties to prevent the incident and protect the Z+ protectee VIP and take suitable action for their failure under intimation to the Commission by 1700 hours on 17th March 2021.
  4. Ms Smita Pandey IAS: 2005 be posted immediately as DM and DEO, Purba Medinipur in place of Mr Vibhu Goel IAS who shall be transferred to a non-election post.
  5. Mr Pravin Prakash, IPS, SP Purba Medinipur shall also be placed under suspension immediately and charges shall be framed against him for a major failure of bandobast.
  6. Mr Sunil Kumar Yadav, IPS:2009 be posted immediately as SP Purba Medinipur in place of Mr Pravin Prakash, IPS.
  7. Chief Secretary shall ensure that the investigation of Nandigram PS Case number 97/21 dated 11-03-2021 is completed and consequential action is  taken as per law in the next 15 days. A report in this regard shall be sent to the Commission by 31st march 2021.

The Commission further directed that since the security of star campaigners further becomes far more sensitive during the election period because of additional criticality due to possible proximity with large crowds and sensational impact of any such incidence on law and order across state, established SoPs, including advance detailed programme, necessary permissions to hold rallies or road shows, deployment, use of bulletproof vehicle, if required as per security category of protectee, deployment on the pre-decided route(s), observance of provisions of The Motor Vehicle Act, etc should be followed scrupulously. Any deviation from approved programme should only be permitted after necessary approval(s).

With respect to the above, the Commission also decided to issue Instructions separately to the CEOs of all poll bound states/UTs to bring it to the notice of all Political Parties/ candidates, for strict compliance of the security of the star campaigners as per the category of protection and local threat assessment in accordance with extant rules /guidelines / SoPs.

In addition, the Election Commission of India has also appointed Former DGP Intelligence Punjab, Anil Kumar Sharma (Retd. IPS 1984 Punjab Cadre) as Special Police Observer for the General Elections to Legislative Assembly of West Bengal. As Special Police Observer, A K Sharma would be the second Special Police Observer, in addition to Vivek Dube, to observe the conduct of elections in West Bengal.

#Nandigram #MamataBanerjee #ElectionCommissionofIndia

BJP leader shot dead in West Bengal

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manish Shukla succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Kolkata last night after being shot multiple times in Titagarh city of North 24 Parganas district.

The assailants are stated to have come on motorcycles with their faces covered with masks.

Mr Shukla, who defected from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) two years ago, was a popular leader and the news of his death is reported to have led to tension in large parts of the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency of which Titagarh is a part.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has summoned the home secretary and Director General of West Bengal Police to the Raj Bhawan at 10 am today in the wake of the incident. 

Taking to his official twitter account late last night, the Governor tweeted, "ACS Home @MamataOfficial and DGP @WBPolice have been summoned at 10 am tomorrow in the wake of worsening law and order situation leading to dastardly killing of Manish Shukla, Councillor, Titagarh Municipality in political party office."

#WestBengal #MamataBanerjee #BJP #JagdeepDhankhar

West Bengal Govt opens up places, events of public entertainment from Oct 1st

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday (September 26th) that Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas and all musical, dance, recital and magic shows shall be allowed to function with 50 participants or less from 1 October.

"To return to normalcy, Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas & all musical, dance, recital & magic shows shall be allowed to function with 50 participants or less from 1 Oct, subject to adherence to physical distancing norms, wearing of masks & compliance to precautionary protocols," Ms Banerjee tweeted. 

#Jatras #WestBengal #MamataBanerjee #Cinemas #Plays

Sonia Gandhi holds virtual meet with CMs of 7 states

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi today convened a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of seven states to discuss various issues of national importance in the wake of the upcoming parliamentary session.  

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren participated in the meeting.

The topics which were discussed included Goods and Services Tax collection, National Education Policy 2020 and JEE and NEET exams, which are scheduled to be held in September.

Concerns were raised over the approach of Centre towards these issues and the participants suggested ways to counter it.

#UddhavThackeray #GovernmentofIndia #NationalEducationPolicy2020 #MamataBanerjee #AmarinderSingh #GST #SoniaGandhi #BhupeshBaghel #VNarayanasamy #NEET #AshokGehlot #HemantSoren #JEE