Mamata has claimed that he did not order a recount of votes as he feared for his life
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday asked the to extend medical support and counselling to the Returning Officer (RO) of the Nandigram Assembly constituency as well as monitor the security protection provided to him in view of reported pressure being exerted on him. The ECI’s letter to the State Chief Secretary came two days after the election results were announced on Sunday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress swept the polls, but she lost her own contest in to the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Ms. Banerjee claimed that RO Kishore Kumar Biswas did not order a recount of votes as he feared for his life. On Monday, the State government informed the ECI that security had been provided to the RO and his home on the directions of the commission. The ECI asked the Chief Secretary to keep a strict watch and monitor the protection given to the RO on a regular basis. It directed that the officer be “extended appropriate medical support/counselling”. It asked the Chief Secretary and the Chief Electoral Officer to monitor the arrangements for the RO personally and send a report by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.