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West Bengal polls: EC imposes 24-hour campaign on BJP and TMC leaders | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Sunday imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on BJP leader Sayantanu Basu, as well as Arambag’s Trinamool Congress candidate Sujata Mondal for their separate comments that violated the model code of conduct.
The 24-hour ban for both leaders will begin at 7pm on Sunday. With public gatherings and rallies banned between 7pm and 10am anyway due to Covid, the ban will effectively restrict them from running active campaigns for only 9 hours.
Basu, in a speech delivered in North 24 Parganas on April 12, linked the April 10 shooting by central forces in Sitalkuchi with the death of 18-year-old Ananda Barman, brother of the BJP shakti pramukh, and threatened that four people be killed for every political assassination.
In his response to the EC notice, the BJP leader said that his comments were being misinterpreted and that they were not made with the intention of threatening Bengal voters, but to show that those who violate the law will be treated harshly. He also denied having made community comments. At the same time, he added that if any of his statements were interpreted as a violation of the model code, he regretted it and would be more careful in the future.
EC, in its order, maintained that Basu had made “extremely provocative comments that could have very serious consequences in the general maintenance of public order, adversely affecting the electoral process” and considered them in violation of the provisions of the model code.
Mondal, on the other hand, in an interview to a Bengali news channel, stated: “… the breeds programmed here are beggars by nature and even though Mamata Bandyopadhyay helped them so much, they have still sold them to BJP in a negligible amount. and now they are torturing us. Today the glass of my vehicle was damaged and they chased me with lathis, guns, bombs, etc. to kill me ”.
In her response to the EC’s notification of the above comments, Mondal alleged that her statement was forcibly recorded by the press just after she was attacked in Arambag and that she was only expressing her pain and anguish over the attack she put into He endangers his life in the top paid BJP goons. ” He added that it was not his intention to promote enmity or ill will and that the statements were made in good faith.
In its ruling on Mondal’s comments, EC said its statement had violated the model code by denigrating the SC community in West Bengal and could cause tension between the castes, which would negatively affect the electoral process.

Times of India

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