Bengal to get special observer from Bihar | Kolkata News


KOLKATA: The Election Commission on Tuesday appointed former Bihar chief electoral officer (CEO) Ajay V Nayak as special observer for Bengal. The 1984-batch IAS officer who retired last year is expected to reach the state on Friday and oversee the last five phases of polls. The EC has already appointed Vivek Dubey as a special police observer for Bengal. Nayak is expected to report to the EC daily, sources said.

The appointment comes after the state BJP leadership hurled allegations of partisanship against Bengal chief electoral officer Aariz Aftab. The ruling Trinamool Congress, too, has criticised the EC for what it has termed as “arbitrary and biased” transfers of senior police observers.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the EC had appointed another former IAS officer from Bihar, Sudhir Kumar Rakesh, as a special observer for the state.

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