The Election Fee issued a warning Wednesday evening to Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, for “overtly demanding votes on communal land” whereas campaigning in Tarakeshwar in Hooghly district on April 3, forward of the third section of the elections.
Ms. Banerjee, 66, was instructed to elucidate her feedback inside 48 hours of receiving the discover, in any other case the Fee mentioned it could “decide with out additional reference to you.”
The discover relies on a grievance from a BJP delegation headed by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Based on the electoral physique, the grievance issues the next part of Ms. Banerjee’s speech.
“… I’m asking my minority brothers and sisters with folded palms … don’t cut up the minority votes after listening to the satan … he had taken cash from the BJP … He passes many communal statements and clashes between Hindus and Muslims began … comrades from the CPM and the BIP roam with the cash given by the BJP to divide the votes of the minority. “
The feedback, the electoral physique mentioned, violated the RP Regulation and the Mannequin Code of Conduct.
Trinamool deputy Mahua Moitra responded and tweeted: “Mamatafrom issued an Election Fee discover on BJP’s complaints. What concerning the TMC complaints … not less than sustain the equity charade? ”.
Mamatadi issued a discover for @ECISVEEP about @ BJP’s grievance
What about TMC complaints from
1. Proof video of BJP candidate distributing money
2. Money coupons distributed to attend BJP mtng & vote
Gents, not less than sustain the equity charade!
– Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) April 7, 2021
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, campaigning in Cooch Behar forward of the fourth section on April 10, criticized Ms Banerjee for these feedback.
“I made (Ms Banerjee), lately mentioned that each one Muslims ought to unite and never enable their votes to be divided … it implies that she is satisfied that the Muslim vote financial institution has additionally gotten out of hand, Muslims have too away from you, “the Prime Minister mentioned.
“If we had mentioned the identical factor that each one Hindus ought to unite, they might all have criticized us. The EC would have despatched us warnings. They’d have censored us,” Prime Minister Modi added.
Muslims make up about 27 p.c of Bengal’s inhabitants and, in earlier elections, they had been a trusted vote financial institution for Ms Banerjee. Nonetheless, on this ballot, the enter of two Muslim leaders, the top of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, and a non secular chief from Furfura Sharif, has difficult issues.
The chief minister has been overtly crucial of each, linking them to the BJP and its makes an attempt, she says, to separate Muslim votes and ensure it would not attain her get together.
“A traitor has emerged from Furfura Sharif who has taken cash from the BJP. You have to keep in mind that you (the BJP) can’t win in Bengal via treason,” he had mentioned.
The Election Fee and Ms. Banerjee have clashed a number of instances over the course of a impolite marketing campaign, together with final week when she was warned about an “objectively incorrect” grievance.
Ms Banerjee had visited a polling station in Nandigram, the scene of her 2011 triumph and from the place she’s going to face protégé-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari this 12 months.
Whereas there, she was trapped inside a room as BJP and Trinamool supporters clashed outdoors. Ms. Banerjee accused the electoral physique of failing to keep up legislation and order throughout the voting.
The Fee responded, saying that Ms. Banerjee’s motion was fraught with “immense potential to have an antagonistic impact on legislation and order in West Bengal and maybe another states.”
Bengal votes subsequent on April 10, with 4 extra phases after that. The outcomes will likely be introduced on Might 2.
With enter from PTI