Amid TMC allegations, Bengal governor congratulates central police forces on excellent job in 2nd phase

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(Eds: Changing intro, with additional inputs) Kolkata, Apr 2 (PTI) Amid allegations levelled by the ruling TMC of central police forces acting as per orders of Union Home minister Amit Shah, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday commended the central forces and the state police for their 'excellent job' in the second phase of the assembly polls.

Polling was held for 30 seats, including the high- profile Nandigram constituency where Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee was pitted against her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari who has crossed over to the BJP, in the second phase of state elections on Thursday.

Accusing the BJP of indulging in 'malpractices' in the Nandigram seat, Banerjee had claimed that 'Central forces and Election Commission were working as per instructions of Amit Shah'.

'Poll Percentage of over 84% in 30 ACs of phase 2 in WB and over 88% in Nandigram in phase is commendable.

Excellent job #CAPF @WBPolice. Trend needs nurturing in coming phases. Appeal to all to cast vote positively as this sustains democracy. There is no room for violence,' the governor tweeted.

Banerjee had called up the governor and an Election Commission (EC) special observer from a polling booth at Boyal in Nandigram constituency on Thursday to inform them about 'malpractices' in the polls.

According to Trinamool Congress (TMC) sources, she had alleged that supporters of her party were not being allowed to cast votes by saffron camp workers.

A senior EC official had said, Banerjee had gone to the polling booth and had to wait there for almost two hours as two groups shouted slogans against each other.

Following the development, a large number of CAPF personnel and senior officers reached the spot to bring the situation under control and bring the chief minister out, the official had said.

Reacting to the governor's tweet, TMC MP Sougata Roy said, 'We all know about the role he has played since he took over as the West Bengal governor. It is expected that he would give a clean chit to the BJP and central forces.' Dhankhar had frequent run-ins with the TMC dispensation ever since he assumed office in July 2019, and the governor has often expressed concern over the law and order situation in the state. PTI AMR PNT MM MM