EC issues notice to CM Mamata Banerjee over remarks on “central powers bullying voters”
The Election Commission of India has issued a new notice to Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, requesting that she clarify her comments about central forces manning polling booths in the Bengal elections.
This is the second notification that the Election Commission has given to her. EC was convinced that her two remarks, one during a TV interview on March 28 and the other during a speech in Cooch Behar on April 7, were in violation of the model code of conduct as well as Sections 186, 189, and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. Banerjee is given time until 11 a.m. on April 10 to clarify her role in making the comments, according to the poll panel’s note.
The EC made a point of expressing its gratitude to the Central forces, saying that they have consistently performed admirably on the duties assigned to them in all fields, the most recent incident was the horrific episode in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, where people were forced to lay down their lives.
“It also needs to be placed on record that they and many other ministries and departments of the Union government and departments of state governments assist the ECI for the conduct of elections. But the praiseworthy role of central forces in ensuring free, fair, transparent and accessible elections merits a special mention.” they further said.
EC adding to the statement said that Banerjee may not have realised that her comments vilifying the Central powers were being misconstrued.
Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner, responded to a query at a press conference at the end of the two-day visit by saying it was unfortunate that “ a party made averments about the BSF.”
He added “ I have asked for concrete instances. They (BSF) are one of the finest forces in the country. There is no point in casting any force, ad nauseam.”