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After Didi, BJP netters face the ire of the EC for their provocative comments | India News


NEW DELHI: One day after imposing a 24-hour campaign ban on Bengal’s CM, Mamata Banerjee, for alleged communal comments and exhorting voters to ‘gherao’ paramilitary personnel, the Election Commission delivered a notice to the Bengal chief of the BJP, Dilip Ghosh, for suggesting that there would be more Sitalkuchi-style incidents if “someone crosses his boundaries” in the next phase of voting on April 17.
The EC also banned BJP leader Rahul Sinha, while consciously deciding not to precede his order with a warning, for his comments that “eight, not four, people should have been killed” in the Sitalkuchi shooting.
As for Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata’s former assistant and now her opponent in Nandigram, who was under EC scan for his “begum” and “mini-Pakistan” taunts during a March 29 speech, the panel of the Poll adopted a lenient view after he promised to abide. by CE directives. He was given a warning and advice to desist from using such statements in his public statements during the election period.
Four people were shot dead by CISF personnel at a polling station in Sitalkuchi during the April 10 elections. Reports requested by the EC say that paramilitary personnel resorted to shooting “in self-defense” against a violent mob.
The EC, in its notification to Ghosh, said that it was of the opinion that there were, in violation of the model code of conduct, Section 123 (3A) of the People’s Representation Act of 1951 and Section 153A of the IPC ( the last two, which try to promote communal hatred) “made statements that are provocative and can seriously incite emotions and lead to a breakdown of public order, negatively affecting the electoral process.” The EC gave him time until 10 am on Wednesday morning to explain.
While addressing a public demonstration in Barangar, North 24 Parganas on April 11, Ghosh had said: “Where do so many naughty kids come from? Those naughty boys were shot yesterday in Sitalkuchi. These naughty boys won’t be in Bengal. Those who thought that the Central Forces rifles were meant to be just a show have now well understood the power of cartridges. And this will take place throughout Bengal. Those who take the law into their own hands will receive an adequate response. I hope that everyone will queue to cast their votes on the morning of April 17th. The central forces will be there in the cockpits. No one can show you an angry eye. Because we are here. And if someone crosses their limits, then they have seen what happened on Sitalkuchi. There will be Sitalkuchi in various places. ”
The Trinamool Congress had complained to the EC against Ghosh’s “inflammatory” statement, saying it was an “open threat to Bengal and its people.”
Strongly condemning Sinha’s statement during a speech on April 12, the EC prohibited him from campaigning in any way from 12 noon on Tuesday to 12 noon on Thursday. He had said: “The central forces have given you an adequate response. The central forces should have killed eight people instead of four at Sitalkuchi. The central forces should receive a notice of cause demonstrating why they have killed only four of them. ”
By stating that he had decided to issue the order against him without notifying him “due to the urgency of the matter”, the EC reprimanded him for “his highly provocative statements that mock human life and incite forces that could have serious implications on law and order”. , which negatively affects the electoral process ”.
The order on Adhikari cited his explanation that he firmly believed in free and fair elections with no ill will between candidates or personal attacks, that he had no ill-fide intention to criticize anyone personally or make offensive or derogatory remarks against anyone, and that there was no violated the model code, but would be more careful in the future. Adhikari also promised to abide by any EC directives.

Times of India