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EC imposed a campaign ban on Mamata at the behest of BJP: Sanjay Raut | India News


MUMBAI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut alleged on Tuesday that the Election Commission’s decision to ban West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours was taken at the behest of the BJP.
This was a “direct attack on democracy” and the sovereignty of the country’s independent institutions, Raut claimed, and asked why only Banerjee was punished when other parties also violated some or other rules during the ongoing elections in West Bengal.
Naming Banerjee the “Bengal Tigress”, the main spokeswoman for the Sena expressed her solidarity with her and affirmed that she will win the elections in her state.
The Shiv Sena, who is not contesting the West Bengal elections, has extended his support to Banerjee, who heads the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
The Electoral Commission (EC) on Monday banned Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours for his comments against central forces and a statement that had alleged religious overtones.
In response, Raut tweeted: “ECI imposed a ban on Mamta didi for 24 hours. This is clearly done at the behest of the BJP, the ruling party in India.”
“It is a direct attack on democracy and sovereignty of the independent institutions of India. Solidarity with the Bengal Tigress, @MamataOfficial @derekobrienmp,” added member of Rajya Sabha.
Banerjee sat in a dharna in Kolkata on Tuesday to protest against the “unconstitutional decision” of the electoral panel.
“Why is Mamata didi being punished only by the EC when all political parties are violating some or other rules of the model code of conduct?” Raut asked later while talking to reporters.
Party leaders from other states go to West Bengal and make controversial statements, but there is no action against them, he said, without naming anyone.
The current election of West Bengal is like a “new Mahabharat”, said the Shiv Sena leader.
“Like the old one (Mahabharat), no one follows the code of war in this new Mahabharat too … I think Banerjee will win this election,” Raut said.

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