Bengal BJP raises considerations over burqa-clad voters

A recent row has erupted over West Bengal BJP’s letter to the Election Fee over the issue in verifying the identification of burqa-clad voters. The letter states that Central Police Power (CAPF) jawans are unable to ascertain the identification of feminine voters clad in burqas and demanded that satisfactory numbers of feminine CAPF personnel are deployed in minority areas.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) was fast to dismiss the letter as an “insidious try to communalise the elections”.

“In minority (Muslims) areas, feminine voters usually come clad in burqa. It’s not potential for the CPF jawans to ascertain their identification earlier than allowing them entry within the sales space. You’re requested to make sure that these areas are mapped prematurely and satisfactory numbers of feminine CPF are deployed,” the letter signed by 4 State BJP functionaries mentioned.

The letter addressed to Deputy Election Commissioner, dated December 17 additionally alleged a pointy rise within the variety of electors, particularly in lots of components which can be near Bangladesh border and that these are predominantly minority voters.

“For instance, we might draw your consideration to 149 AC [Assembly Constituency] Kasba; 151 AC Sonarpur Uttar; 157 Metiabruz. In 149 AC Kasba ward quantity 66 there was an increase of roughly 10% within the variety of electors,” the letter signed by State BJP vice-presidents Pratap Banerjee, and Bharati Ghosh, and BJP leaders Shishir Bajoria and Sabyasachi Dutta.

TMC chief Omprakash Mishra mentioned the letter was a part of , “insidious and hideous try by which the BJP is trying to communalise the method and conduct of free and honest elections”.

Prof Mishra mentioned he can not recollect any occasion prior to now the place there was such a “malafide intent” on the a part of a ruling celebration to polarise the elections.

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