Bengal, April 12: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has been banned from campaigning for 24 hours by the Election Commission (EC) after her statement was found to be a ‘violation of the Model Code of Conduct‘. TMC MP Derek O’Brien took to Twitter and expressed displeasure over the decision of the poll body. The West Bengal Chief Minister will hold a dharna against the Election Commission on Tuesday.
“It is self-evident from the perusal of all reports that allegations mentioned in your hand-written note are factually incorrect, without any empirical evidence whatsoever and devoid of substance,” the ECI said to CM Mamata Banerjee’s reply over her appeal for votes along communal lines.
“West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has in violation of provisions of Model Code of Conduct… made insinuating and provocative remarks laden with a serious potential of a breakdown of law and order and thereby adversely affecting the election process,” the EC further said.
To protest against the undemocratic and unconstitutional decision of the Election Commission of India, I will sit on dharna tomorrow at Gandhi Murti, Kolkata from 12 noon.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 12, 2021
In response to the ‘undemocratic and unconstitutional decision‘ of the EC, Mamata Banerjee said that she will sit on dharna after she got banned, on Tuesday at Gandhi Murti, Kolkata from 12 noon.
BLACK DAY in our democracy: Derek O’Brien
“EC stands for Extremely Compromised,” O’Brien said in a tweet. “April 12. BLACK DAY in our democracy,” he said in another tweet. O’Brien expressed confidence that the TMC ‘was winning’ West Bengal polls. “Always knew we were winning Bengal,” he tweeted.
BLACK DAY in our democracy.
— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও'ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) April 12, 2021
According to sources, Banerjee was slated to hold four rallies on Tuesday in Nadia and North 24 Parganas both of which are slated to face the ballot in the fifth phase of Assembly elections.
The EC action is over Banerjee’s remarks, in which she had appealed the Muslim voters in the state to vote en-mass for the TMC, The BJP had filed a complaint with the poll body for Banerjee’s comments, in which she had said – “I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded hesitant divide the minority votes after listening to the devil (shaitaan) person who had taken money from the BJP.”
The Election Commission had previously served two notices to the West Bengal CM in connection with the matter. In response to the EC notices, Banerjee had questioned why PM Narendra Modi was not served any notices by the poll body.