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“Who Tapped Phone?”: Asks Amit Shah Over Audio Leak Of Bengal BJP Leaders

In the wake of an audio war in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today asked how the phone call became public.

In the wake of an audio war that has unleashed a fresh political storm in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today asked how the phone call became public. “We have demanded this in writing. There is no tapping also for transfer etc. The question is who tapped (the phone) and how did this happen,” Mr Shah told reporters. The audio of an alleged phone call between BJP leaders Shishir Bajoria and the party’s troubleshooter Mukul Roy was released by the TMC that raises serious questions over the credibility of the BJP’S campaign and the neutrality of the Election Commission.

According to the TMC, in the purported phone call, the party’s troubleshooter Mukul Roy asks him to include in a list of items to be raised with the Election Commission. One very specific request is about polling agents or booth agents of political parties.

Mukul Roy, the former TMC leader who joined the BJP in 2017, purportedly said the Election Commission should be requested to pass administrative orders permitting any voter anywhere in Bengal to be booth agents at any booth in the state.

On voting day, booth agents of a party who sit inside the polling booth are usually residents of the booth area, who know the locals. “If we don’t get this done, the BJP won’t be able to field agents in many booths,” Mr Roy is said to have told Mr Bajoria.

 

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