Kolkata: Barely two days after two women candidates — one from the BJP and the other from the Trinamool Congress — were assaulted during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, the Election Commission is thinking of enhancing the security for the women candidates from the next phase of polling.
The commission has directed all the district administrations to review women candidates’ security aspects and increase their security if required.
“The commission is worried over the security aspects of the women contestants in the ongoing polls. In the last phase, two women candidates were physically harassed. The commission has reviewed the situation and it is of the opinion that the security of the women candidates needs to be reviewed. The commission has instructed all the district administrations to review the security aspects of the women candidates and if needed, provide additional security to them,” a senior official of the state poll panel was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
The poll body was referring to BJP candidate from Uluberia in Howrah district, Papiya Adhikary, and Trinamool candidate Sujata Mondal Khan from Arambagh in Hooghly district.