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BJP and TMC move EC for probe to ‘Mamata tape’ | India News

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CALCUTTA: The Trinamool Congress and the BJP mobilized the Electoral Commission on Saturday, seeking an investigation into the leaked audiotape of an alleged conversation between the Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and her party’s Sitalkuchi candidate, Partha Pratim Ray, after the CISF firing in which four people died.
While Trinamool requested action for “violation of the right to privacy” under various sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, IT Act and the IPC, BJP demanded an investigation into “how and who made the tape viral to soliciting votes for religious reasons, which is prohibited by the model code of conduct. ” In their written complaint to the EC, a Trinamool delegation led by Yashwant Sinha, Derek O’Brien and Purnendu Basu said that the alleged telephone conversation between Mamata and Ray was reproduced by BJP during a press in his office in the presence of the cell of TI from BJP on -load Amit Malviya and MP Locket Chatterjee.
“BJP has not only illegally recorded (the conversation) and / or caused it to be recorded, but has also replayed it at a press conference out of context. The entire exercise is illegal and a direct attack on legal rights, including the right to privacy of Mamata Banerjee and Partha Pratim Ray, ”reads the TMC complaint.
“For such a serious violation and the consequences of said act by BJP, the necessary steps for prosecution under criminal law will be taken separately,” he added.
A BJP delegation from Swapan Dasgupta, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Shishir Bajoria and Shoumendu Mukherji, meanwhile, met with Bengal’s electoral director in Kolkata. “It is timely to mention that Banerjee has been making repeated statements to divide the electorate along religious lines.
On Friday, an audio conversation surfaced in the public domain. The tape was intentionally made viral by Mamata Banerjee’s party companions. The intention is to secure their political interest by polarizing the votes of a particular community along religious lines. ”

Times of India

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