TMC averse to central forces as rigging plan may not work: BJP
    Kolkata, Mar 15 (PTI) The West Bengal BJP Friday
alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress is averse to
deployment of central forces during the Lok Sabha elections as
its plans to rig the polls might not work in their presence.
    West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh also sought to
shift focus from filmstar candidates of the TMC, saying people
do not want part-time politicians.
    "It is an irony that the Trinamool Congress is now
averse to deployment of central forces. Earlier, when it was
in opposition, it used to demand that central forces be
deployed everywhere in the state. Now the TMC is opposing it
since the party is afraid that its plans to rig the polls
might fall flat," Ghosh told reporters.
    Referring to the violence during the panchayat
elections in the state last year, Ghosh said the Election
Commission should ensure that all voters are allowed to vote
freely and fairly.
    The BJP leader's comment comes in the backdrop of the
TMC beginning a 48-hour-long sit-in against the BJP's alleged
attempt to malign West Bengal by urging the Election
Commission to declare all booths in the state as "super
    The BJP had also demanded that central forces be
deployed at all polling stations in the state.
    On the TMC nominating filmstars in various seats,
Ghosh wondered whether the party has dearth of seasoned
politicians to contest the polls.
    "It seems the TMC does not have seasoned politicians
to contest the polls. People of the state need representatives
who are serious about their development and not part-time
politicians," Ghosh said.
    Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has fielded
five film stars, including two greenhorns, for the coming Lok
Sabha elections in Bengal. The other three are sitting MPs.
    In the 2014 general elections, Banerjee had fielded
the same number of cinestars and all the five had won.
    West Bengal will go to seven-phase polling beginning
April 11. PTI PNT