Full Election Commission to visit West Bengal and Tamil Nadu again to review poll arrangements

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NEW DELHI: The full Election

Commission

-- comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar -- will be visiting West Bengal and

Tamil Nadu

again in the next few days to review poll arrangements there in view of concerns regarding the

law

and order situation in West Bengal and apprehensions of excess use of money power to influence voters in Tamil Nadu.
The Commission has also convened a meeting here on March 2 with the revenue secretary, chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and

Customs

(CBIC) and Director of Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-India) here “to combat the pernicious effects of suspicious and illicit cash, liquor, psychotropic substances and freebies meant for inducements in forthcoming elections in

Assam

, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and UT of

Puducherry

,” according to an EC source.
EC had earlier visited West Bengal and Tamil Nadu in January and February respectively, apart from also touring Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, to assess poll preparedness.
The repeat visit for West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, which comes even as EC is set to announce polls in these four states and one Union territory, is being seen as an indication that the Commission shall be closely monitoring the poll process in West Bengal, where opposition parties like the BJP have been complaining of political violence and poor law and order, as well as Tamil Nadu, given its chequered past of large-scale use of moneypower that has even led EC to postpone or cancel the poll in some constituencies.

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