New Delhi: A BJP delegation of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Bhupendra Yadav met the Election Commission on Monday over the West Bengal issue. (Also read: EC to Meet Opposition Leaders, Dispel Doubts Over EVMs)Also Read - No Plans to Print Currency Notes To Tide Over Economic Crisis, Says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman told media ahead of the meeting, “In the interest of wanting a free & fair environment in which Lok Sabha polls can be conducted, we have come to bring to the notice of the EC certain happenings in West Bengal which has complete cooperation of the TMC. Instances we highlight point out that TMC doesn’t believe in democracy. The party which is ruling in the state and its supporters are out in the open to ensure that no other political party gets permission to carry out its legitimate activities ahead of the polls.” Also Read - IBPS RRB Recruitment 2021: Exams to be Held in 13 Local Languages Including Hindi, English | Details Here

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Later, Naqvi said, ”A high-level delegation of the BJP met the EC officials on Monday. During the meeting, we have demanded the poll panel to assess the alarming situation in West Bengal. We have also requested it to remove those state government officers who are acting as the agents of the state government and the deployment of the central armed forces for the smooth, free and fair conduct of the election in the state.”

The BJP delegation met the EC a day after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s chopper was denied permission to land in Dinajpur where he was slated to address two rallies.

Yogi then addressed the rallies via mobile.

Meanwhile, another storm is anyway brewing in the state with a CBI team moving to arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar. The team was denied entry to Kumar’s residence and was detained by Kolkata police too. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went on to sit on a dharna to ‘Save the Constitution’.

The CBI has now moved the Supreme Court, seeking directions to Kumar to cooperate with the probe in the chit fund scam.

The apex court has posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday.