West Bengal Polls: EC's second notice to Mamata Banerjee seeking explanation of remark against Central security forces
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission on Friday issued another notice to West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on the central security forces during her speech in an election campaign rally in the state. This is the second notice issued by the EC against Mamata Banerjee in the last two days.
The Election gave her time till 11 am tomorrow to submit her response over her remarks against the CRPF, in which she allegedly told people to gherao central security forces deployed at the polling booths in the state. The EC said that Mamata Banerjee's remarks violated several sections of the Model Code of Conduct and the Indian law.
The Election Commission's notice came on Mamata Banerjee's remarks against the CRPF she used in poll campaign rallies on March 27 and April 7. During her speech, Mamata Banerjee had allegedly accused the central security forces for intimidating voters and urged the women to gherao the forces.
"Who gave so much power to them that the central police are threatening the women without allowing them to cast their votes? I saw the same thing in 2019, I saw the same thing in 2016," Mamata Banerjee said in the March rally.
"I know under whose instruction they beat up and how they beat up. It is your duty to save the family of the people. If any of our mothers and sisters suffer a single strike with the stick attack them with ladle, spuds and knife. I am telling you. It is the right of women. And if any of our mothers and sisters are denied entry in the voting compartment all of you come out and revolt," she added.
The election commission said that Mamata Banerjee's false, provocative and intemperate statements attempted to vilify central forces and had caused extreme demoralisation in their ranks. "It is extremely unfortunate that political battles are thus sought to be fought in this manner instead of being fought in the campaign trail", the EC said.
The Election Commission in its previous notice on Wednesday had asked the chief minister to explain her remarks during her Hooghly rally on April 3 in which she can be seen openly demanding votes on communal grounds.
"I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded hands... don't divide the minority votes after listening to the devil... who had taken money from the BJP... He passes many communal statements and initiates clashes between Hindus and Muslims... comrades of the CPM and BIP is roaming around with money given by BJP to divide the minority votes," Mamata Banerjee said during the rally.
Responding to the notice, Mamata Banerjee said that the EC can issue 10 notices to her but her reply will remain the same. "You (EC) can issue 10 show-cause notices to me, but my reply will be the same. I will always speak against any division in Hindu, Muslim votes. I will always stand against the division of voters along religious lines," she said.
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