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Poll shunt order

Zutshi at the all-party meeting. Picture by Kuntal Chakrabarty

Calcutta, Jan. 22: The Election Commission today ordered the state government to transfer before the Lok Sabha elections those bureaucrats and police officers who have occupied the same post for three years or more and will be involved in the poll process.

The order, sent to chief secretary Sanjay Mitra, must be executed by February 15.

At an all-party meeting with deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi in Calcutta, the Opposition parties demanded central forces from the day of filing nominations. Leaders of the Congress, CPM and the BJP who attended the meeting also demanded elections in five phases for the state’s 42 seats.