Kolkata, April 25: The central forces were accused of not carrying out their responsibility properly during the earlier phases of the ongoing Assembly election in West Bengal. In some cases, they were even accused of turning a blind eye to voters getting intimidated and getting busy with buying vegetables and sunglasses even as polling was underway.
However on Monday when the fourth of the six-phase election was held, the central forces were seen pulling up their socks and rising to the occasion. In Khardaha constituency in North 24 Parganas, the personnel were even seen going to the individual households and assuring the voters to go out and cast their ballots. [Security tightened in salt Lake, Howrah ahead of phase 4]
According to some Opposition leaders, the poll terror was reined in on Monday by the active pesence of the central forces. In some areas, supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) were also seen accusing the central forces of being over active and carrying out their duty in a biased manner.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed her displeasure over Bengal going to a multi-phase election this year, saying it was injustice for the state. She was also heard saying that the responsibility of looking after the state would fall back on her administration once the election gets over. Some other leaders of the ruling party were also seen saying the same and the Opposition slammed these remarks, saying the ruling party was threatening the voters indirectly.