Stating that EC was prima facie satisfied that her two statements — one throughout a TV interview telecast on March 28 and one other in a speech on April 7 in Cooch Behar — had been in violation of mannequin code of conduct in addition to Sections 186, 189 and 504 of Indian Penal Code, 1860, the ballot panel’s discover requested Banerjee to clarify her stand in having made the statements, by 11 am on April 10.
In a scathing disapproval of her prima facie “completely false, provocative and intemperate statements,” EC mentioned her makes an attempt to berate and vilify Central para-military forces throughout the electoral course of “are causing extreme demoralisation” amongst the rank and file of the forces which have made immense contribution to conduct a free, truthful and peaceable polls. It additionally mentioned her feedback had the potential to drive a “wedge of distrust” among the many state police and the Central forces.
This is the second discover to Banerjee within the final couple of days. On Wednesday it had issued her a discover over her enchantment for votes alongside communal traces, saying that it was in violation of mannequin code in addition to Section 123 of the Representation of the People Act.
The newest EC discover says the West Bengal chief minister’s barbs and false accusations are vilifying the very forces “who have been rendering a yeoman service since late 80s, election after election, and have made a commendable contribution especially in ensuring area domination and causing deterrence for anti-social hooligans by their sheer presence, thereby playing a major role in assisting the ECI to conduct free, fair, transparent and accessible elections”.
“It is more than obvious that Ms Mamata Banerjee, Chairperson of AITMC, has been consistent in berating and demoralising the Central para-military forces, who often played a significant role in assisting the concerned state government and governments of union territories in restoration of law and order and/or as and when requisitioned by the state governments etc. in their day to day functioning also. Far more discouraging is the fact that Ms Banerjee has been trying to make an emotional pitch for the women voters to go to the extent of inciting them to attack the personnel of CPFs… It is extremely unfortunate that political battles are thus sought to be fought in this manner instead of being fought in the campaign trail etc,” mentioned the EC.
Making it some extent to report its appreciation of the Central forces, EC mentioned they’ve invariably finished commendable job on the duties assigned to them in all sectors, to the extent of laying down their lives, the newest being the tragic episode of Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. “It also needs to be placed on record that they and many other ministries and departments of the Union government and departments of state governments assist the ECI for the conduct of elections. But the praiseworthy role of central forces in ensuring free, fair, transparent and accessible elections merits a special mention,” it acknowledged.
Adding that Banerjee was maybe not realising that her statements vilifying the Central forces “can create a wedge of distrust between the state police of West Bengal, who are also doing their own duty with the central forces, instead of complementing each other,” EC mentioned this was certain to have severe consequential harm even after the method of elections is over.
EC within the discover recalled that when it had visited West Bengal on February 21, 2021, a Trinamool delegation had alleged that the BSF personnel had been intimidating villagers dwelling in border areas to vote in favour of a selected political celebration within the then polls. The delegation of AITMC was requested to provide empirical proof, if any, as an alternative of creating anecdotal allegations. However they didn’t give any response to this pointed question of the Commission, mentioned EC.
At the conclusion of the two-day go to, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora, in reply to a query put up at a press convention, mentioned it was unlucky that “a party made averments about the BSF”.
“I’ve requested for concrete situations. They (BSF) are one of many best forces within the nation. There is not any level in castigating any power, advert nauseam,” Arora had mentioned.
Yet, the West Bengal chief minister, in an interview to CNN dated March 28, requested: “Who gave a lot energy to them that the central police are threatening the ladies with out permitting them to forged their votes? I noticed the identical factor in 2019. I noticed the identical factor in 2016…I do know below whose instruction they beat up and the way they beat up…if anybody of our moms and sisters is denied entry within the voting compartment all of you come out and revolt,” she had mentioned.
Also, as per the transcript of her speech on Wednesday at Cooch Behar obtained from the state chief electoral officer, she made additional “highly objectionable remarks” about CRPF. “They will bring goons from Assam to create panic….if CAPF create disturbances, I tell you ladies, a group of you go and restrain (gherao) them while another group will go to cast their votes,” she had acknowledged.