Atmosphere of fear must be overcome to empower voters: Dhankhar

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Kolkata, Jan 25 (PTI) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday called for making all efforts to empower voters, ensure their safety and do away with an atmosphere of fear.

Maintaining that the state can flourish only when democracy blossoms, Dhankhar said in a message on the National Voters Day that absence of political neutrality would be culpable, leading to consequences.

'Make all efforts #NationalVotersDay to make Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and informed @MamataOfficial.

Atmosphere of fear for voter-the supreme stakeholder, must be overcome,' the governor tweeted.

The National Voters Day is observed on January 25 to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission.

Dhankhar also said that for holding free and fair elections, the administration and police have to be 'politically neutral'.

On Sunday, Dhankhar had urged people to take a pledge on Republic Day to ensure free and fair elections in the state.

Elections to the 294-member state assembly are due in April-May. PTI AMR MM MM