West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday reacted sharply to the Election Fee’s discover over her latest comment during which she had requested Muslims to not divide essential minority votes amongst different events. Accusing the ballot panel of ignoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged transgressions of the election guidelines, Ms Banerjee mentioned she would at all times stand in opposition to the division of voters on non secular traces even when she acquired “10 show-cause notices”.
“You (EC) can problem 10 show-cause notices to me, however my reply would be the identical. I’ll at all times converse in opposition to any division in Hindu, Muslim votes. I’ll at all times stand in opposition to division of voters alongside non secular traces,” Ms Banerjee was quoted by information company PTI as saying.
“Why no grievance has been filed in opposition to Narendra Modi, who on daily basis talks about Hindu and Muslim (vote banks)? What number of complaints have been filed in opposition to those that had uttered the phrase ”mini-Pakistan” in the course of the Nandigram campaigns?” she mentioned, referring to her confidant-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari.
The Election Fee issued a show-cause discover to the Trinamool chief on Wednesday for “overtly demanding votes on communal grounds” throughout her campaigning in Hooghly on April 3.
The Election Fee had additionally quoted Mamata Banerjee’s comment that prompted the discover. “… 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 are roaming round with cash given by BJP to divide the minority votes”.
The 27 p.c Muslim votes in Bengal are vital for Mamata Banerjee’s return because the Chief Minister. Nevertheless, there are considerations within the Trinamool camp that two new entrants in Bengal politics – Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and the Indian Secular Entrance – can divide the minority votes, which may gain advantage the BJP.
Ms Banerjee calls Mr Owaisi BJP’s “B-Staff”.
Earlier this week, PM Modi had mentioned that Ms Banerjee’s attraction to the neighborhood was proof that she did not have confidence on her Muslim vote financial institution.
“Expensive Didi, lately you mentioned all Muslims ought to unite, and never enable their votes to be divided. You’re saying because of this you’re satisfied that the Muslim vote financial institution has additionally gone out of your fingers, the Muslims have additionally turned away from you,” he had mentioned.
With inputs from PTI