Kolkata: Barely hours after the Election Commission of India cut campaigning time in West Bengal by 24 hours due to violence in the state, a belligerent Mamata Banerjee questioned the decision and termed it a ploy of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
At a hastily called press conference, the West Bengal chief minister pointed the accusatory finger at BJP and said that the saffron party was behind the EC decision. “This is not an EC decision. It is a BJP decision,” she said. “The BJP has insulted West Bengal and Bengalis by breaking statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.”
The TMC chief also said that the EC should take action against Amit Shah and BJP workers for violence in Kolkata on Wednesday. “I have never seen an Election Commission like this. They can send me a showcause notice for saying this but I am ready for 50 showcause notices to uphold Bangla honour. They cannot use Article 324 here because there is no law and order problem here. It is unethical, unconstitutional. The violence in Kolkata on Tuesday? Who did it? BJP did, Amit Shah did. EC has RSS men.”
The EC had said earlier on Wednesday evening had said it is ‘deeply anguished by the repetition of lawlessness’ and had removed ADG CID Rajeev Kumar and Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya. It also directed Rajeev Kumar to present himself before the Home Ministry by 10 am on Thursday.
Source: Zee News