EC and West Bengal administration do everything to ensure voters do not get their feet wet | Calcutta News


KOLKATA: Draining water from around 98 polling stations in Bhowanipore on Wednesday took precedence over political strategies on the eve of bypolls.
Until the latest reports arrived, water had receded from most areas, but the EC chose to relocate a polling station in Beninandan Gopalbandu Vidyalaya Street on the first floor of the adjoining hall of the Bengal Police Association, fearing that the first, a dilapidated building, would not be able to withstand another onslaught of rain without immediate repairs.

KMC organized portable pumps and more than 30 civic teams worked to evacuate stormwater from low lying areas of the Kidderpore-Ekbalpore belt throughout the day. City officials, led by local councilors, have been deployed to Dent Mission Road, Ibrahim Road, Dr Sudhir Bose Road, Ekbalpore Lane, Heysham Road, Ramesh Mitra Road, Puddapukur, Allenby Road and Sambhunath Pandit Street.
Led by Trinamool neighborhood coordinators, party leaders had been out early in the morning to inspect flooded roads and deploy additional pumps and labor. Tarpaulin roofs have also been installed outside some stands.
Leaders of all parties, dressed in rain gear, held meetings with party members asking them to keep rickshaws, bicycles, vans and cars ready to help voters when it rains or congestion.
“We can’t fight nature, but city officials are doing their best to solve the problem. We hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, ”said state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee.
“We are on the road not as party employees but as officials doing our job,” said Asim Bose, Ward 71 coordinator.
KMC has commissioned suction and jet machines and gully emptying machines to unclog old brick sewer lines and gully pits. He also kept a sewer cleaning crew ready in case the manholes were clogged after another wave of heavy rain.
A senior Trinamool leader said workers and local party supporters had been tasked with helping neighbors reach the stalls.
“We keep rickshaws and bicycle vans on hand,” CM brother Kartik Banerjee said.
“Trinamool has disappointed the people of Bhowanipore. Look at the state of the roads. KMC is focused on pumping water from Kidderpore-Ekbalpore to Ward 77, which has given them healthy leads for several elections. But they are pushing water towards areas of Bhowanipore constituency to make sure people here don’t come to vote, ”said Sajal Ghosh, BJP leader and chief electoral officer for BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal.
(With contributions from Saikat Ray & Debashis Konar)

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