The EC directed the State police to register an FIR against Supriyo for allegedly trespassing into polling booth and threatening the polling officers
REFUTING the allegations that he intimidated polling officers, Union Minister Babul Supriyo has said that the Presiding Officer was stage managing the entire voting process, which he just opposed. “The windows adjacent to electronic voting machine (EVM) were open. People from outside can actually see what is going on inside the booth. The entire set up was wrong. We had the information about all this,” Supriyo told ANI. “When I entered the booth, I caught the Presiding Officer standing right behind the EVM.
He would have protested if I were wrong. I warned him that he is a Government officer and so behave like that and do your duty accordingly,” he said. On Monday, the Election Commission of India directed the State police to register an FIR against Supriyo for allegedly trespassing into the polling booth (Number 199, Kashidanga FP School under Barabani police station) and threatening the polling officers.
Union Minister Supriyo claimed the BJP agents were thrown out of the polling booth while the TMC agents were sitting inside. “I had the permission to enter the booth with my election agent. Then we caught the Presiding Officer red-handed. Voters in large numbers were not given a chance to enter the polling booth. TMC polling agents sitting inside had thrown BJP agents out,” he said.