"SPs and DMs were transferred during polls during the Left Front rule too. This is nothing new. At that time TMC welcomed such transfers. But now that TMC is in power, Mamata Banerjee is opposing it. This is undemocratic and authoritarian. We condemn it,” CPI(M) candidate from Jadavpur, Sujan Chakraborty, said.
In a confrontation with the Election Commission on removal of the DM and five SPs, Banerjee accused the poll panel of playing into the hands of Congress and BJP and said transfers had been ordered without consulting the state government.
Slamming the TMC government, state Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya said, "The EC was convinced that there can't be free and fair polls with this administrative structure. So they decided to transfer some of the officers. This is not a political decision but a decision to ensure free and fair poll by the EC."

Banerjee has said that she will not transfer the police personnel on election duty, saying she is even prepared to go to jail.


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