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West Bengal Assembly Elections: EC Shunts Top Cops Ahead Of Next Phases

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Kolkata: Prior to the sixth phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls, the Election Commission (EC) transferred the Superintendents of Police of East Burdwan and Birbhum districts, and the Commissioner of Police of Asansol-Durgapur.

The SDPO of Bolpur in the Birbhum district was removed. Following the death of few candidates, the poll panel also announced the date of the repoll of two constituencies.

The poll panel replaced Bhaskar Mukherji as Superintendent of Police of East Burdwan with Ajeet Kumar Singh. On April 22 the district is set to go for polls in the sixth phase of elections.

Another replacement by ECI in Birbhum was Superintendent of Police Miraj Khalid was replaced by Mahendra Nath Tripti, where the poll is scheduled for April 29.

EC appointed Mitesh Jain as Police Commissioner of Asansol-Durgapur in place of Sukesh Jain, the order said.

The order also added that Nagaraj Devarakonda was appointed as Sub-divisional police officer, Bolpur, replacing Abhishek Roy.

In another decision, the Commission scheduled May 13 as the dates for repoll at Samsherganj and Jangipur seats in Murshidabad, following the death of two candidates due to COVID-19.

In both these seats, the elections were supposed to be held on April 26 during the seventh phase of polls.

Due to the death of Congress candidate, Rezaul Haque, from Samsherganj, the poll panel was compelled to postpone the polls in that particular seat. RSP candidate from Jangipur seat Pradip Nandi became the second COVID victim, and voting was cancelled in that seat too.

The Left Front, Congress and the Indian Secular Front (ISF) are contesting this election as allies under the umbrella of Sanjukta Morcha.

Now, the commission declared that the last day of filing nomination for these two seats is April 26 and withdrawal can be made by April 29. The results will be announced on May 18 for both seats.

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