BJP’s Dilip Ghosh to Election Commission: 4-5 lakh Rohingyas in Bengal voters’ list  

Trinamool says Ghosh is trying to intimidate the EC as the list is prepared by its officials.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh on Thursday called on the full bench of Election Commission of India (ECI) and alleged that names of 4-5 lakh Rohingyas were part of the electoral rolls or voters’ list. Ghosh said that he had complained before the ECI that its officials should verify the list wherever the number of voters had increased “unusually”. The full bench of the ECI is in Bengal to oversee poll preparedness.

Reacting to Ghosh’s allegations, Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee said that the voters’ list is prepared by the EC and by making the allegation, the BJP state chief was trying to intimidate the ECI authorities. “He is pressurising the ECI and attempting to create an atmosphere of terror and fear where ordinary people can’t peacefully go out to vote and neither can the ECI officials conduct elections fearlessly,” Chatterjee said.

The Rohingyas are an ethnic group who predominantly follow Islam and live in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. During a displacement crisis in 2017, over 7 lakh Rohingyas had reportedly fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. A number of Rohingyas were alleged to have crossed the Bangladesh border to enter into India. With West Bengal the largest state in India bordering Bangladesh, most Rohingyas reportedly shifting from there were alleged to have settled in different parts of the state.

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