EC asks Mamata Banerjee to explain ‘communal’ appeal to voters | India News

NEW DELHI: The Election Fee on Wednesday issued discover to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over a current speech the place she had allegedly appealed to Muslims to not break up their votes amongst totally different political events.
Calling her assertion — made throughout a speech at Tarakeshwar in Hooghly on April 3 — as a violation of Part 123 of the Illustration of the Folks Act (corrupt practices/selling enmity alongside communal traces for furthering prospects of election of a candidate), and provisions of the mannequin code, the ballot panel requested Banerjee to elucidate her remarks inside 48 hours of receipt of the discover.
In a speech at Cooch Behar quickly after, PM Modi referred to Banerjee’s attraction and mentioned if he had made an identical comment relating to Hindus, he would have promptly acquired an EC discover and several other editorials would have been written on the topic.
“Hamare baal noche jate (Our hair would have been torn out),” he had mentioned. BJP had on April Three complained to the EC alleging that Banerjee, telecast on TV channel ABP Ananda, appealed to the Muslim voters to not let their votes be divided.
As per transcript of her speech despatched to the EC by chief electoral officer of West Bengal, Banerjee had, whereas mentioning scholarships given to college college students, talked about Shikshashree for SC/ST, Swami Vivekananda Scholarship for common class and Aikyashree “for my brothers and sisters belonging to the minority group”.
“I’ve given it to 2.35 crore beneficiaries. I’m requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded fingers don’t divide the minority votes after listening to the satan (Shaitaan) one that has taken cash from BJP,” she mentioned.
The EC discover cited mannequin code provision that requires criticism of political events to be confined to their insurance policies and programmes, previous report and work, and never prolong to private lives of leaders/candidates or be primarily based on unverified allegations. One other provision debars attraction to caste or communal emotions for securing votes.
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