During the meeting, the delegation also took up the issue of "blatant misuse" of a state programme by Banerjee-led TMC to offer grants to different clubs allegedly for electoral work.
The leaders also drew EC's attention towards alleged recovery of arms from a Murshidabad factory, which they claimed were being manufactured for use during elections.

"The Chief Minister issued a veiled threat that the central forces will remain in Bengal until the elections are there, but after that what? This clearly means it is a threat.

"So, we said, if you want free and fair elections, Election Commission must take cognisance of this reality and take necessary action," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said after the meeting.

The delegation submitted to EC a CD of Banerjee's March 4 interview to a private television channel in which she had allegedly issued the threat, he added.

Accusing TMC of misusing state programme meant for clubs, the delegation told EC that senior TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyaya had allegedly asked officials of a Kolkata club, which had receive grants, to ensure "stupendous" victory of his party.

"The way money is being paid to clubs...we suspect the clubs will be used during polls as launch pads to do their (TMC's) work. We have asked the EC to ascertain exact memberships and nature of the clubs and basis on which they have received state patronisation," Yechury said.

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