EC Issues Showcause Notice to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee promised ‘fitting reply’ to EC after being served a showcause notice for her statement in Asansol.

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EC issues show cause notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violation of MCC in Asansol.  (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) sent a show cause notice to Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal for violation of the Model Code of Conduct on Thursday.

The notice was issued in response to statements made by her in Asansol region of the state during a rally for the ongoing Assembly elections.

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Show cause was issued after it was brought to the knowledge of the EC that some promise was made [by Banerjee] for creation of Asansol district. It was brought to the knowledge of the commission that a statement was made in Asansol that Asansol district will be set up, and [there were] certain other utterances which are contained in our notice.
Naseem Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner

The EC move has come on the day of the beginning of the Bengali year. Banerjee, pointing that out, has said that the people of West Bengal will give a fitting reply to the notice on 19 May.

Banerjee has, however, stood by her words and said:

They (the opposition) have complained to the EC against me. Whatever I have said I stand by my point. I still stand by my point.

She also warned her political opponents that she would seek “inch by inch” replies from them for the canards and misinformation spread against her.

I will take replies inch by inch for the canards... for the injustice done to me, the character assassination they have indulged in.
Mamata Bannerjee

Lashing out at the poll panel for threatening legal action against TMC leader Anubrata Mondal, a fuming Banerjee asked why shouldn’t leaders of other parties like the CPI-M’s Mohammed Salim or state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury be arrested.

Pointing to the removal of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and the changing of “300-350 officers-in-charge” of police stations, Banerjee accused the EC of “doing whatever the Congress, BJP and the CPI-M asks you to do”.

The opposition dubbed Banerjee’s outbursts against the EC as an attempt to distract the masses from the issues plaguing the Trinamool.

The votes cast by people of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be counted on 19 May.

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