The West Bengal government stated that it will be hugely inconvenienced if the officers were transferred, ahead of the general elections. But, later agreed to release the officials from their duties, on condition that they would not be replaced by those named by the poll watch dog.
On Monday, the Election Commission had without attaining the consent of the state government issued an order transferring 8 officials from their current posts as seven of them were found to have favoured the Trinamool Congress party in the recent past. In fact, these officials were laso barred from taking any election responsibilities.
Just within an hour from the notice, Mamata Banerjee reacted saying that she would not transfer a "single officer", blaming the EC for ploying against the regional parties, not ruled by the Congress and the BJP.
The state, in a letter to EC, was requested to reconsider their decision, but the EC held its ground and threatened to cancel elections in West Bengal if the officials were not transferred immediately. However, it is not clear if the EC will agree to the state's proposal. A decision for the face off will be taken by the EC in Delhi.