The BJP has filed a poll complaint against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for failing to disclose five FIRs lodged against her in her nomination papers for the Bhabanipur bypoll. The Trinamool Congress (TMC), however, has refuted the allegations.
Notably, the September 30 bypoll is crucial for Mamata Banerjee to stay as CM of the state. She had lost the election from Nandigram Assembly constituency to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari by a margin of a few hundred votes in the state poll held earlier this year. Therefore, she will have to win the bypoll to remain the chief minister. The result of the bypoll will be declared on October 3.
The chief election agent for BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal—the party’s candidate for the bypoll—wrote to the Bhabanipur Returning Officer to register his complaint. He cited reports from three publications to claim that cases had been filed in five police stations in BJP-ruled Assam.
“… beg to object to the nomination/declaration filed by Mamata Banerjee…. on the ground that the candidate has failed to disclose… particulars of the following pending criminal proceedings against her,” the letter read.
The referenced link to an August 2018 report by a media house said Assam Police had registered the cases against her “for making provocative remark regarding the Assam NRC issue”.
Days before the cases were filed, Banerjee made several critical comments about the Assam NRC, including declaring “whoever is a BJP voter will be in… those who are not, will be deleted from the list”. She also warned the BJP against a similar exercise in her state; “… there will be a bloodbath, there will be a civil war,” Mamata Banerjee had said.
She then scoffed at reports of the cases being filed, saying: “There is no democracy in the country… I am not scared… They can lodge millions of FIRs against me, I do not care.”
TMC refutes BJP’s claims
The Trinamool Congress has refuted the claims made by the BJP. The party has said that Mamata Banerjee was only required to disclose details of the cases if she is actually named in the charge sheet.
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