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EC issues strongly-worded notice to Mamata for remarks on central forces

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: April 09, 2021 17:04 IST
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The Election Commission has issued a notice to Mamata Banerjee for her 'completely false, provocative and intemperate statements' against central forces performing election duty in West Bengal, provoking a defiant Trinamool Congress boss to declare she will continue doing so until 'the Central Reserve Police Force stops working for the Bharatiya Janata Party'.

 

IMAGE: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee addresses an election campaign rally in Kolkata, on Thursday. Photograph: Swapan Mahapatra/PTI Photo

The notice issued on Thursday night said the Trinamool Congress leader prima facie violated various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Model Code of Conduct with her remarks against the central forces.

The chief minister has been asked to respond to the notice by 11 am on Saturday.

'... prima facie, completely false, provocative and intemperate statements made byMamata Banerjee... attempts to berate and vilify Central Paramilitary Forces during electoral process are causing extreme demoralisation amongst ranks and file of these forces,' the notice read.

It lauded the Central Armed Police Forces for rendering a yeoman's service since late 80s election after election, especially in ensuring area domination and causing deterrence for anti-social hooligans with their sheer presence.

Banerjee, on the campaign trail, reacted angrily.

She repeated her accusation that the poll watchdog was doing the BJP and home minister's bidding.

"I will continue speaking about the CPRF until they stop working for the BJP. Once they stop doing that, I will salute them. I do not care anything about your (EC's) show cause letters. You are working at the behest of the BJP. I wonder why there is no MCC violation when the PM campaigns on polling days," Mamata told a rally at Jamalpur in Purba Bardhaman.

Banerjee, at her election rallies, has often accused central forces of intimidating voters 'under instructions from Union Home Minister Amit Shah' and also asked women to restrict their movement.

This is the second notice to Banerjee in the last few days.

On Wednesday, the poll body had issued her a notice over her alleged appeal for votes along communal lines, saying it was in violation of the model code and the Representation of People Act.

The notice said going by the statements made by her on March 28 and April 7, 'and the historicity of the subsequent statements... it is more than obvious that Ms Banerjee... has been consistent in berating and demoralising the Central Para Military Forces, who often played a significant role in assisting concerned state government and governments of union territories in restoration of law and order ...'

The notice quoted Banerjee as accusing the central paramilitary forces of threatening women voters and not allowing them to exercise their franchise.

'...And if CAPF create disturbances, I tell you ladies, a group of you go and restrain (gherao) them while another group will go to cast their votes. Don't waste your vote. If you engage yourself only in restraining them they will be happy that you did not cast your vote. This is their plan. It is the plan of BJP.

'And your plan will he that you will not be scared if they try to intimidate you coming to your village on the one hand, on the other you just talk to them. Talking to them will be tantamount to restraining them. You don't have to gherao them literally,' the notice, quoting Banerjee, said.

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