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Despite EC’s 48-hour ban, BJP politician returns to controversy | India News


HABRA / KOLKATA: Bengal BJP top official and candidate for Habra, Rahul Sinha, sparked controversy again after the Election Commission banned him from campaigning for 48 hours. On Thursday, shortly after the ban ended, Sinha said security forces “should open fire if attacked, no matter who dies or survives.” Just three days ago, the electoral panel had accused Sinha of “inciting the forces”.
Sinha said: “EC Special Observer Vivek Dube has said what I said earlier. If there is any attack on the central forces, the forces would open fire. It makes no sense to see who dies. ”
TMC leader Jyotipriya Mullick said Sinha’s comment was a violation of the model code of conduct. “I will complain to the Election Commission urging it to ban Sinha for the rest of the campaign until Habra goes to the polls on April 22,” he said.
The political battle over Sitalkuchi’s dismissal continued on social media on Thursday after BJP’s national IT cell manager Amit Malviya posted video footage of the incident on his Twitter account, claiming that some villagers with bamboo sticks had struck the closed door of the polling place. locked from the inside, in an attempt to open it.
The video capture was posted a day after TMC’s Derek O’Brien shared a clip on Twitter claiming that Sitalkuchi’s firing was “a cold-blooded massacre of innocent citizens.”
Malviya said that “CISF and the cabin were attacked by a murderous mob,” although the attack on CISF was not visible in the images. The latest unverified clip shows some angry villagers kicking the closed door of the voting booth and hitting it with bamboo sticks.
The third polling officer, in a separate interview to broadcast channels, had given a detailed account of the rioters’ attack after they opened the booth door.
Malviya said the Sitalkuchi incident occurred two days after CM Mamata Banerjee’s April 8 speech and held her “responsible for the violence.”

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