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GUWAHATI, Feb 2 � The Election Commission of India has asked the State administration to curtail the use of the armed pro-talk members of the banned outfits during the ensuing Assembly election in the State.

The Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi today sat for a meeting with the representatives of civil and police administration of the State to review poll preparedness.

Earlier today, political parties apprised the full team of Election Commission about apprehensions of pro-talk militants and gun power being engaged to influence the elections in a negative manner, besides pointing out a host of other issues including those of �D� voters.

Political parties also favoured the need to ensure that no individual, barring the security forces, is allowed to carry weapons without licenses and those should be seized at the earliest.

Both the ruling Congress party and the main Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) during the meeting with the Commission favoured holding of elections before Bohag Bihu (April 14). While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJPs) was for elections in three phases, the AGP and the AUDF demanded elections in four phases.

CEC Quraishi along with the full bench of the Election Commission reached Guwahati around 12 noon today for a two-day visit to review the preparations for the ensuing polls.

He, apart from having a meeting with the representatives of all the political parties, also held in discussions with Divisional Commissioners, DCs, Inspector General of Police and other senior police officials at the Assam Administrative Staff College.

Earlier, Quraishi told reporters that the meeting was aimed at reviewing the preparedness in the State ahead of the elections.

�We would review the entire scenario and take necessary measures,� Quraishi said.

The Election Commission will meet the Director General of Assam Police Sankar Barua and Chief Secretary Naba Kumar Das at Raj Bhawan tomorrow.

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Concern over use of pro-talk militants

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 � The Election Commission of India has asked the State administration to curtail the use of the armed pro-talk members of the banned outfits during the ensuing Assembly election in the State.

The Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi today sat for a meeting with the representatives of civil and police administration of the State to review poll preparedness.

Earlier today, political parties apprised the full team of Election Commission about apprehensions of pro-talk militants and gun power being engaged to influence the elections in a negative manner, besides pointing out a host of other issues including those of �D� voters.

Political parties also favoured the need to ensure that no individual, barring the security forces, is allowed to carry weapons without licenses and those should be seized at the earliest.

Both the ruling Congress party and the main Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) during the meeting with the Commission favoured holding of elections before Bohag Bihu (April 14). While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJPs) was for elections in three phases, the AGP and the AUDF demanded elections in four phases.

CEC Quraishi along with the full bench of the Election Commission reached Guwahati around 12 noon today for a two-day visit to review the preparations for the ensuing polls.

He, apart from having a meeting with the representatives of all the political parties, also held in discussions with Divisional Commissioners, DCs, Inspector General of Police and other senior police officials at the Assam Administrative Staff College.

Earlier, Quraishi told reporters that the meeting was aimed at reviewing the preparedness in the State ahead of the elections.

�We would review the entire scenario and take necessary measures,� Quraishi said.

The Election Commission will meet the Director General of Assam Police Sankar Barua and Chief Secretary Naba Kumar Das at Raj Bhawan tomorrow.

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