Before the announcement of the polling dates, the arrival of the central forces in the state has started on Saturday. Despite the arrival of the central forces, the opposition always complained that the state police did not recognize the roads by patrolling the area. The commission has already warned to respond to those allegations. The letter from the Election Commission has already reached the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Kolkata.
There may be three-tier surveillance to control the movement of central forces. The letter states that the Chief Electoral Officer's Office, the State ADG-Law and Order, and the Central Forces Co-ordinator, BSF DIG Rajib Tawfiq will control and track the movements of the Central Forces. The commission will send reports on where the central forces are patrolling, how the state police are helping the forces, what are their advantages or disadvantages. Twelve companies of central forces set foot in the state on Saturday. Sources said that 30 more companies are coming to the central forces on Sunday. By February 25, 125 companies will come to the Central Forces State.
Central forces arrived on Saturday. Source: Free Press Journal
According to sources, the commission will announce the voting schedule in the second week of March. Trinamool Congress' Subrata Mukherjee quipped that it was too late to announce the polling day for the PM's program. According to the commission, 16,000 booths in the state are at risk. Fifty percent of the booths in the state are sensitive or hypersensitive. North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Jhargram, Purulia, and Birbhum districts are on the sensitive list.
The commission is keeping a close eye on the law and order situation in the state. The report of the bomb attack on Zakir Hossain, the state minister for labor in Murshidabad, has already reached the commission in Delhi. Opposition groups called for a halt to the protests, saying "the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated." A full bench of the Election Commission came to Calcutta and said that the central forces would leave earlier. So far the news is that 1000 companies of central forces are going to come to the state. Yet, the number of troops may increase if necessary.
The districts in which the central forces started patrolling through route marches are Bidhannagar, Diamond Harbor, Barrackpore, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Birbhum, Durgapur East Burdwan, Howrah Police Commissionerate, and Howrah Rural, Hooghly.
The Election Commission feels that the central forces need to come so soon to instill confidence in the voters and ensure free, fair, and peaceful elections.