New Delhi: The Center has ordered the deployment of 225 companies or around 25,000 central paramilitary forces personnel to Uttar Pradesh for the legislative elections, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry released on Sunday.
Polling dates for the state were announced by the Election Commission (EC) on Saturday. Voting will take place in seven phases between February 10 and March 7.
“In accordance with the recommendations of the ECI (Electoral Commission of India), it was decided within the ministry to initially deploy 225 CAPF companies in Uttar Pradesh for measures of domination of the area and strengthening of the confidence in order to ensure the peaceful conduct of the assembly elections – 2022, ”reads the communication from the MHA, seen by HT.
People familiar with the development said that initially 225 companies were sent to the state, which is sensitive in terms of the law and order situation during the elections. More companies would be dispatched later depending on the situation on the ground and to assist Uttar Pradesh police, officials said.
The election in Uttar Pradesh is the most complicated of the five states competing this year, with identity politics (religion and caste) probably the deciding factor.
The officials cited above said the force’s deployment to other states – Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand – was also being finalized.
The 225 companies sent to the UP will include 70 companies from the central police reserve force (CRPF), 66 companies from the border security force, 39 companies from the sashastra seeka dal (SSB) and 25 companies each from the force. Central Industrial Security (CISF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). A business typically has 110 to 120 people each in different strengths.
They are sent to the state in two phases – the first 150 companies will reach different districts by January 10 while 75 companies will be sent on January 20, according to the communication, reviewed by HT.
The Home Office has asked the UP government to develop a detailed deployment plan in consultation with the respective forces and the UP chief force coordinator, who is an inspector general of the CRPF.
The state government has also been urged to make arrangements for the transport, logistics and accommodation of troops with the safety of Covid-19 in mind as well.