New Delhi: The Election Fee on Wednesday night issued a discover to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “overtly demanding votes on communal grounds” whereas campaigning in Tarakeshwar in Hooghly district on April 3, forward of the third section of elections.
Ms Banerjee, 66, has been directed to clarify her remarks inside 48 hours of receipt of the discover, failing which the Fee mentioned it could “take a choice with out additional reference to you”.
The discover relies on a grievance by a BJP delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
In response to the ballot physique, the grievance refers back to the following part of Ms Banerjee’s speech.
“… I’m requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded fingers… do not divide the minority votes after listening to the satan… who had taken cash from the BJP… He passes many communal statements and initiates clashes between Hindus and Muslims… comrades of the CPM and BIP is roaming round with cash given by BJP to divide the minority votes”.
The feedback, the ballot physique mentioned, violated the RP Act and the Mannequin Code of Conduct.
Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra then hit again, tweeting: “Mamatadi issued discover by Election Fee on BJP’s complaints. What about TMC complaints… no less than sustain the farce of impartiality”.
Mamatadi issued discover by @ECISVEEP on @BJP’s grievance
What about TMC complaints of
1. Video proof of BJP candidate distributing money
2. Money coupons distributed to attend BJP mtng & vote
Gents – no less than sustain the farce of impartiality!
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) April 7, 2021
On Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi – campaigning in Cooch Behar forward of the fourth section on April 10 – took a swipe at Ms Banerjee over these feedback.
“Didi (Ms Banerjee), lately you mentioned all Muslims ought to unite and never enable their votes to be divided… means you’re satisfied the Muslim vote financial institution has additionally gone out of your fingers, the Muslims have additionally turned away from you,” the Prime Minister mentioned.
“Had we mentioned the identical factor that every one Hindus ought to unite, all people would have criticised us. The EC would have despatched us notices. We’d have been censured,” PM Modi added.
Muslims represent about 27 per cent of Bengal’s inhabitants and, in earlier elections, they had been a dependable vote financial institution for Ms Banerjee. On this ballot although, the entry of two Muslim leaders – AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and a spiritual chief from Furfura Sharif – has difficult issues.
The Chief Minister has been overtly important about each – linking them to the BJP and its makes an attempt, she says, to separate Muslim votes and be certain that it doesn’t come to her occasion.
“A traitor has emerged from Furfura Sharif who has taken cash from the BJP. You have to bear in mind you (the BJP) cannot win in Bengal by way of treachery,” she had mentioned.
The Election Fee and Ms Banerjee have sparred a number of occasions over the course of a crass marketing campaign, together with final week, when she was warned over a “factually incorrect” grievance.
Ms Banerjee had visited a polling sales space at Nandigram – the scene of her 2011 triumph and from the place she is taking up protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari this yr.
Whereas there she was caught inside a room as BJP and Trinamool supporters confronted off outdoors. Ms Banerjee accused the ballot physique of failing to take care of legislation and order throughout polling.
The Fee hit again and mentioned Ms Banerjee’s motion had been fraught with “immense potential to have antagonistic impact on the legislation and order throughout West Bengal and perhaps in another states”.
Bengal votes subsequent on April 10, with 4 extra phases after that. Outcomes shall be declared Could 2.
With enter from PTI
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