"I briefed him about the force deployment plan and other steps we are going to take for holding the ensuing civic polls peacefully," Upadhaya told reporters after emerging from his meeting with the Governor at the Raj Bhavan here.

"Even as the campaign for the polls to 91 civic bodies in the state would end tomorrow afternoon, we have already drawn up the force deployment strategy in consultation with the state's Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee and top officials of the state police," the State Election Commissioner said.

Asked if he discussed with the Governor about the need of deployment of central forces to conduct the polls peacefully, Upadhyay said, "the Governor knows about non-availability of
central forces for the civic polls."

However, only three companies of central forces, which were available for the April 18 civic polls to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, would be available for the April 25 election, he said.

Of the three companies of the central forces, he said, two companies have been deployed in North-24 Parganas district and the remaining one company in Hooghly district for flag march in sensitive areas.

The SEC said that the Governor advised him to ensure that the election process including law and order situation was monitored effectively to instill confidence among people.

The SEC had earlier stressed on the requirement of at least 100 company force for civic polls to 91 municipalities in 18 districts.

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