Kolkata: West Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, in a written letter, questioned the motive of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to transfer top police officers just in time before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Notably, the EC had on Friday transferred two police commissioners namely Anuj Sharma from Kolkata and Gyanwant Singh from Bidhannagar.
Questioning the sudden transfer of the officers, Banerjee termed the EC’s move as ‘biased’ in nature and slammed the poll body for taking an ‘arbitrary’ decision. The EC had removed the officers days after the BJP leaders alleged that these officers were not capable to ensure free and fair elections in West Bengal. Interestingly, both the officers were reportedly present at the ‘dharna’ spot of the West Bengal Chief Minister while protesting against the CBI trying to investigate the former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
While Rajesh Kumar, the Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Pollution Control Board has been appointed by the EC as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner, Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, has been appointed as the Bidhannagar police commissioner, stated a report. “The direction of the Commission be implemented with immediate effect and a compliance report in respect of joining of above officers be sent within 24 hours. The present incumbent officers being shifted not to be involved by the state government in any election related duties,” read the notification issued by the Election Commission to Chief Secy West Bengal regarding transfer/posting of few officers in the state in view of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 preparedness.
Meanwhile on April 4, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Mamata Banerjee a ‘speed-breaker’ in the path of development of West Bengal. Retaliating, the Banerjee described PM Modi as an ‘expiry babu’. Taking on the Prime Minister’s claim, the West Bengal CM said that her government in state has done a lot for the welfare of the people.