Amid the exchange of barbs between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the ongoing West Bengal Assembly election, the Election Commission (EC) on Monday imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Mamata Banerjee. The ban came into force on Monday at 8 pm.
The poll panel in its order noted that the West Bengal chief minister made “highly insinuating and provocative remark laden with a serious potential of breakdown of law and order and thereby adversely affecting the election process”.
The EC also condemned the controversial statements made by the TMC chief during her rally on April 7 and 8. The poll panel also advised her to refrain from making such statements while the Model Code of Conduct is in force in the state.
What Mamata Banejee said
The EC had earlier sent two notices to Mamata Banerjee for her remarks on central forces deployed in Bengal elections and for urging the Muslim community to vote for TMC.
During a poll rally in Hooghly district, Mamata had said that the central forces were working under the instruction of Union home minister Amit Shah.
She said, “I have respect for the central paramilitary forces, but they are working on instructions from Delhi. They are committing atrocities on villagers before polling day, some of them are even harassing women. They are asking people to vote for BJP. We will not allow this to continue.”
The poll panel has asked her to reply to the notice explaining her statement by April 10. It has said her “false, provocative statements” “berate and vilify” the central forces, and “are causing extreme demoralisation among the ranks and files of the forces”.
The EC had issued the first notice to her after she urged the Muslim community at a poll rally to vote for the TMC. Reacting to the first notice, Mamata had said, “The EC can issue 10 show-cause notices to me, but my reply will be the same. I will always speak against any division in Hindu, Muslim votes. I will always stand against the division of voters along religious lines.”
She also attacked the poll panel for not filing any complain against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Why no complaint has been filed against Narendra Modi, who every day talks about Hindu and Muslim (vote banks)? How many complaints have been filed against those who had uttered the word ”mini-Pakistan” during the Nandigram campaigns?” she said.
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