New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the high-profile election campaign for the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021, the Election Commission on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to BJP leader and party's candidate from Nandigram seat over alleged communal overtones in his speech during one of the campaigning rallies last month. The poll body has asked Adhikari for a response within 24 hours, failing which he could face a campaigning ban.

The notice said that the poll panel received a complaint from Kavita Krishnan of CPI-ML Central Committee in which it was alleged that on March 29 Adhikari delivered a "hate speech" in Nandigram while addressing a public meeting.

"Election is knocking at the door. You are not giving votes to Begum. If you vote for Begum there will be mini Pakistan. (Barely audible)...A Daud Ibrahim has come up in your locality....We will note down everything. What is the government doing? What is the use of it? Which puja celebration is coming next? Ramnabami. With which flower did Ramachandra worship Maa Durga? All of you should, therefore, vote for lotus. You should press the button against number 1... In the first phase of the election votes have been cast against the politics of appeasement," the notice quoted portion of his speech.

Adhikari asked if people understood the meaning of appeasement. "As the election is going on we have to be cautious about our language. Do you understand what does appeasement mean? Do you understand the meaning of appeasement? Yes, you understand.

"Didn't they say after the Lok Sabha vote that they are ready to accept even the blows from those who were beneficial to them? This is appeasement. In the first phase, votes were cast against appeasement. This time also votes will be cast against appeasement. The Panchayats of TMC involved in the Amphan relief scam are roaming around...", the notice quoted him as saying during his speech.

The EC referred to two provisions of the Model Code of Conduct which state that criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programmes, past record and work. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided. Another provision states that there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.

The notice said the EC has been found to be in violation of certain clauses of the model code. Adhikari is pitted against the chief minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram which went to polls on April 1.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan