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EC deadline to Mamata, says transfer officials by 2:30 pm today

Apr 08, 2014 10:19 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked the Mamata Bannerjee government in West Bengal to comply with its orders and transfer the six officers in the state by 2:30 pm on Tuesday. According to sources, the EC has warned the state government that it has powers to cancel elections in West Bengal if orders as not followed.

The EC had ordered the transfer of five SPs and a District Magistrate officials based on complaints filed by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India - Marxist, who had alleged that the officials were acting in a partisan manner and failed to address their grievances over violation of model code in the state ahead of polling.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took on the Election Commission refusing to transfer the officials. She dared the EC to remove the officials while she is in charge. A defiant Mamata even said that she is even prepared to be arrested and go to jail.

"I respect the Election Commission. But I will not bow down. I ask, will you only listen to what the Congress will say in order to facilitate victory of Congress, BJP? What will they do to me for saying this? I will be arrested and go to jail at most," Mamata said.