Mamata Banerjee asked followers to hold elections through ‘intimidation and threat’, BJP tells EC

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Published: April 26, 2019 6:28:22 PM

The letter further said that Banerjee's speech was a serious violation of the Model Code of Conduct as she was instigating her workers to take the path of violence in the election. The party also urged the commission to take strict action against the Chief Minister.

BJP asked the commission to take all precautionary measures for conducting a free and fair election in the state. (Representative image/ Reuters photo)BJP asked the commission to take all precautionary measures for conducting a free and fair election in the state. (Representative image/ Reuters photo)

The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday met the Chief Electoral Officer of the state and alleged serious violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee. The delegation was led by Jay Prakash Majumdar, state vice president and Sisir Bajoria, state executive committee member.

In a letter to the CEO of West Bengal, the saffron party said that in an election rally at Birbhum’s Seuri on April 25, 2019, the TMC supremo had allegedly advised her followers to hold the election through intimidation and threats. “In an Election meeting at Seuri (Birbhum PC) held on 25 April, 2019; Smt Mamata Banerjee had advised her followers to conduct election with intimidations and threatening. This was serious violation of MCC, where the Chief Minister of the State and the Chairperson of Trinamool Congress Party was instigating her workers to take the course of violence in the election,” the letter reads.

The letter further said that Banerjee’s speech was a serious violation of the Model Code of Conduct as she was instigating her workers to take the path of violence in the election. The party also urged the commission to take strict action against the Chief Minister.

According to media reports, TMC supremo has asked Birbhum’s Trinamool chief Anubrata Mondal on Thursday to “fight like a tiger cub”.

The BJP also urged the commission for the deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) at all booths in the upcoming fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha election. The saffron party also asked the commission to take all precautionary measures for conducting a free and fair election in the state of West Bengal. “We are to urge upon you to arrange 100% coverage of CAPF of all the booths in the coming election in the 4th Phase. In view of unfortunate death of an innocent voter, namely Tiraul Seikh due to election violence in the 3rd phase election.there should be ultra precautionary measures for a peaceful vote in coming phases,” the letter reads.

The BJP has fielded Dudh Kumar Mondal from the Birbhum parliamentary seat. The other candidates in the fray are TMCs Satabdi Roy and Congress’ Imam Hussain. Birbhum will go to polls on April 29, 2019.

In the first phase of voting on April 11, 2019, there were reports of EVMs smashing, booth capturing etc. Similar incidents also occurred in the second phase of polling from Darjeeling’s Chopra parliamentary seat and Raiganj’s Islampur Lok Sabha seat. The Election Commission special observer, Ajay V Nayak said that the violence in West Bengal is similar to what it was in Bihar around a decade ago. The ruling TMC demanded his immediate removal.

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