The report submitted by the two observers of the West Bengal poll to the Election Commission of India has ruled out any ‘premeditated attack’ on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Nandigram incident.
Ms. Banerjee was injured in the foot while campaigning on March 10 in Nandigram.
Initially, she had alleged that some people had attacked her.
Soon her lie was busted as many eyewitnesses told TV channels the injury in the foot of the chief minister was the result of a minor accident.
The preliminary police report had also ruled out any attack on the chief minister.
The Commission had sought reports from the chief secretary and the two observers.
The chief secretary’s report to the Commission has also ruled out any attack.
Ms. Banerjee’s party, Trinamool Congress, in its petition to the Commission, had alleged it was a premeditated attack on the chief minister. The party had also blamed the Commission for the ‘attack’.
The Commission is expected to make an official statement on Sunday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party had also approached the Commission to demand the release of the video footage of the incident.
The observers, Vivek Dube and Ajay Nayak, have also mentioned in the report that since Ms. Banerjee had not sought any prior permission for the campaign, the poll officials don’t have any official video.
The voting for the 294 seats of the West Bengal assembly is spread over eight phases, starting March 27. The counting of votes will start on May 2.
Ms. Banerjee is contesting from Nandigram.