Bengal Elections 2021: ECI issues second notice to Mamata Banerjee over her remark on ‘central forces’

The notice to CM Banerjee was issued by ECI on Thursday night and asked the CM to respond to the notice by 11 am on Saturday, April 10.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued another notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and the supremo of Trinamool Congress (TMC), for her statement Central Forces on 28th March and 7th April. The ECI had asked Mamata to explain her stand by April 10, 2021.

The notice to CM Banerjee was issued by ECI on Thursday night, and the notice quotes, “prima facie violated various sections of the Indian Penal Code with her remarks”, reported PTI.

The Bengal CM has to respond to the notice by 11 am on Saturday, April 10. The EC said prima facie, the completely false, provocative and intemperate statements by Banerjee attempted to berate and vilify central paramilitary forces during the electoral process.

Earlier, ECI had also issued notice to CM Banerjee over her remark on split of ‘Muslim votes’.  “Appealing to Muslim voters to not let their vote be split among different political parties and demanding votes on communal ground for TMC”,  said the ECI.

In the notice, the ECI said that after examining an authenticated transcript of Mamata Banerjee’s speech from the said date, it is of the view that she has violated the Representation of People Act, 1951and also the Model Code of Conduct for the elections.

The BJP alleged that Mamata Banerjee in her speech promoted enmity between Hindu and Muslims. However, reacting to EC’s earlier notice, Mamata Banerjee said that the poll panel can serve 10 cause notices to but her reply will be the same.

“You can issue 10 show-cause notices to me but my reply will be the same. I will always speak against any division of Hindu and Muslim votes,” the TMC supremo stated.

The TMC supremo, who addressed four back-to-back rallies during the day, sought to know why no complaint has been registered against BJP star campaigner and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he often makes references to Hindu and Muslim vote-banks while delivering speeches.

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