The Election Fee on Wednesday night issued a discover to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “brazenly demanding votes on communal grounds” whereas campaigning in Tarakeshwar in Hooghly district on April 3, forward of the third part of elections.
Ms Banerjee, 66, has been directed to elucidate her remarks inside 48 hours of receipt of the discover, failing which the Fee mentioned it might “take a choice with out additional reference to you”.
The discover relies on a criticism by a BJP delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
In accordance with the ballot physique, the criticism refers back to the following part of Ms Banerjee’s speech.
“… I’m requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded palms… 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.
The Election Fee and Ms Banerjee have sparred a number of instances over the course of a crass marketing campaign, together with final week, when she was warned over a “factually incorrect” criticism.
Ms Banerjee had visited a polling sales space at Nandigram – the scene of her 2011 triump and from the place she is taking over protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari this 12 months.
Whereas there she was caught inside a room as BJP and Trinamool supporters confronted off exterior. Ms Banerjee accused the ballot physique of failing to keep up regulation and order throughout polling.
The Fee hit again and mentioned Ms Banerjee’s motion had been fraught with “immense potential to have opposed impact on the regulation and order throughout West Bengal and possibly in another states”.
Ms Banerjee, who has been complaining in regards to the Election Fee ever because it ordered polling unfold over eight phases – she mentioned “that is as per BJP requisition” – has additionally accused them of turning a blind eye as central police forces allegedly intimidate folks into voting for the BJP.