Bengal Update : Election Commission issues notice to Dilip Ghosh

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Kolkata, Apr 13 : After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday issued notice to BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh over his remarks that there will be Sitalkuchi-like incident in several places “if someone crosses his limits”.

EC said it is of the considered view that Mr Ghosh, who is also the state president of BJP, has violated the model code of conduct and Section 123 (3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Mr Ghosh asked for a response to the EC notice and explain his stand in making the statement by 10 am on Wednesday.

The Election Commission warned state BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari over a speech delivered by him on March 29, for which he had filed a reply on April 9.

The EC advised him to desist from using such statements while making public utterances when the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

Earlier, the Election Commission banned BJP’s Habra, North 24 Parganas, candidate Rahul Sinha for the next 48 hours with effect from 12 noon on Tuesday for his alleged provocative statement, a move comes from the poll body a day after TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was banned from electioneering for 24 hours until 8 pm today.

The TMC leaders on Monday complained about the poll body

against former state president of BJP Rahul Sinha, who is contesting the Habra seat, for his alleged provocative statement on Sitalkuchi.

Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who have allegedly justified the violence at the Sitalkuchi polling booth during phase 4 of the state assembly election.

The TMC chief attacked the saffron camp for BJP leader Rahul Sinha’s recent statement on the incident and demanded a ban on ‘political leaders who make such statements.

On Sunday Sinha said, “The central forces should have killed eight people instead of four in Sitalkuchi.

“Mamata Banerjee is using evil forces to deprive people of their democratic rights… which is what happened in Sitalkuchi. The central forces responded appropriately. If it happens again, they will answer again,” Mr Sinha said during a poll rally.

Slamming Rahul Sinha’s statement, Mamata Banerjee said, “For the BJP, politics means killing people. After four people died in the firing, they are saying why four, eight should have been killed. This is absurd. Do they have brains? The leaders who say such things should be banned. Are they not ashamed?”

Lately, the ECI also banned the electioneering for Mr Sinha with effect from 12 noon today up to 12 noon on April 15.

Meanwhile, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee began her protest sit-in-demonstration for the poll body’s decision banning her campaigning for 24 hours.

The EC banned Banerjee from campaigning in the ongoing state elections for 24 hours from 8 pm on Monday and said she had made “highly insinuating and provocative remarks laden with the serious potential of the breakdown of law and order and thereby affecting the election process”.


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