A citizen’s forum based in Kolkata has submitted a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner in New Delhi, demanding speedy probe on the Narada sting operation, wherein many leaders of West Bengal Trinamool Congress were seen taking bribe in lieu of favour or lobbying.
Amitabha Majumbar, general secretary of the Democratic Citizen’s Forum of West Bengal, in a letter dated 22nd September, 2016, expressed surprise as the ECI had not responded to a letter sent by the forum to the Chief Election Commissioner on April 4.
“Citizens of the country have already formed an opinion about political leaders and elected representatives and all countrymen are convinced that a majority of them are shamelessly corrupt, dishonest and a liability for the society and also danger for democracy,” the letter read.
It added, “ We boast that India is the largest democratic country, but the most unfortunate part is that lawmakers, at present, have become law breakers and this trend is prevalent in the case of a majority of political personalities.”
“The sting operation video is a very serious matter as far as the responsibility and commitment towards the nation and democracy for a constitutional body like the Election Commission of India is concerned,” the letter read.
“For if you fail to act in time, it will be the misfortune of the people of West Bengal to watch helplessly a scene of sting suspects occupying seats in Treasury Bench of a sacred place like Legislative Assembly,” it said.
Reminding the Election Commission to initiate an immediate inquiry into the Narada sting operation scandal, the forum urged the ECI not to succumb to the pressure of political will and power of the ruling party.
“People have a strong doubt on the independence, honesty, integrity and impartiality of a constitutional body established in 1950 to conduct free and fair election to the national and state legislatures, though we may not agree to this view. It is our earnest prayer to your esteem organisation, please do not succumb to the pressure of political will and power of the ruling party,” it said.