Prasun happy with scrutiny, ooze steely resolve

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:At the end of two-day scrutiny for the CAB polls, following which 119 valid nominations were put up, challenger to the President's post Prasun Mukherjee exuded confidence at the outcome and hoped the presence of the observer would allow free and fair polls on July 30.

Talking to reporters after the completion of the scrutiny process, he said, ''We are happy with the way things have gone and the decision taken in course of these two days were unanimous.'' ''It is sad that two of the affiliates will miss their chance of voting this time round. However, all the other three disputed cases were cleared,'' the Police Commissioner added.

On whether the presence of the election observer gave him extra confidence, he said, ''There is no question of getting confidence.

We are happy that rules were followed according to the CAB constitution. In case of scrutiny the book was followed to the last guide and the same process will be followed during the election.'' ''The members will be able to vote without fear and polls will be held in a fair manner. This will give an extra confidence to the voters,'' he said.

On whether he had the numbers he said, ''I don't know about numbers, but I am confident.'' Asked if he was confident about the entire panel, he snapped, ''Of course.'' He also said this time elections to all the posts will be held at the same time and results declared at a time.

''The meeting will commence at 5 PM and the elections according to the agenda is on annexure four and only when the process begins will the observer come in along with the president. He will oversee the poll process to make sure that everything was done in accordance with the book and be there till the results are declared,'' he added.

He further said the process was being undertaken cordially by all the three parties involved and there was no misunderstanding whatsoever.

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