New Delhi, Mar 27 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Wednesday demanded the Election Commission to withdraw the appointment of former DG BSF KK Sharma as special police observer for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal and Jharkhand, alleging he has connection with the right wing organisations.
In a letter to the Commission, CPI(M) polit bureau member Nilotpal Basu pointed out that Mr Sharma had attended a two-day event in Kolkata, which was organised by Seemanta Chetan Manch, part of RSS backed Seema Jagaran Manch, a pan India body, that aims instill ‘patriotism’ in the border areas across the country.
“We are deeply disturbed by the report that the Election Commission has appointed Mr Sharma. The appointment is patently questionable and would raise the question of political partisanship. We would, therefore, urge the Commission to reconsider and rescind this appointment forthwith”, Mr Basu said.
Earlier, the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal too had objected to the appointment of Mr Sharma, citing the same reason. 'Over one year ago (February, 2018), Trinamool had raised an objection to his presence in uniform at a RSS function," tweeted AITC's national Spokesperson Derek O'Brien.
The poll body on Tuesday appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officers, to monitor deployment of security forces and Mr Sharma was one of them. (UNI)