New Delhi: Backing Home Minister P Chidambaram, the Election Commission on Thursday reprimanded the self-patting Left Front government for its dismal administrative functioning. Chief Election Commissioner S Y Qureshi said Home Minister Chidambaram was correct in his assessment of West Bengal government’s control over law and order in the state.

Training guns at the Left government’s three and a half decade rule, the Home Minister during a campaign trail in Bengal had said that Bengal was the ‘worst governed state’ inviting scathing criticism from the CPM leaders.

CEC Quraishi said the Home Minister had stated facts as the worst condition in West Bengal had compelled the Election Commission to conduct the assembly polls in six phases. He, however, expressed satisfaction over peaceful pollings in all the five states.

Whatever the poll results would be, the incumbent Left government and its administration has attracted criticism from all quarters. Not only the political parties but constitutional body like Election Commission has also put the Buddhadeb government in the dock.

Quraishi, however, expressed concern over misuse of money in the elections and the practice of paid news. He also questioned the political parties’ use of self-owned media companies to promulgate their party manifesto.

The EC will strive to ensure to put an end to such practices in future, he said, adding “The DMK owns Kalaignar TV which is again supported by the Sun TV. AIADMK owns Jaya TV, while film star Vijaykant is the owner of Captain TV.”  Quraishi expressed hope to fix guidelines in this regard by the next elections.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has made an extensive arrangement for the counting being held on Friday.

JPN/Bureau