Kolkata, April 16, 2021: The Election Commission of India (ECI) banned Dilip Ghosh from campaigning for 24 hours for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The Bengal BJP president was banned from campaigning till 7 pm on April 16. The Trinamool Congress had approached the Commission against Ghosh.
Election Commission banned Dilip Ghosh
After serving notice to the Bengal BJP chief for his remarks on Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi incident, the Election Commission banned Dilip Ghosh from campaigning for 24 hours from April 15 at 7 pm to 7 pm on April 16.
Earlier, the Election Commission issued notice to Dilip Ghosh and he was asked to clear. But the Election Commission was not impressed with his explanation. The BJP Bengal president had made a statement after four people were killed when central forces opened fire during polling in Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi on April 10.
At a public rally in Baranagar, Ghosh had said, “Naughty boys received bullets at Sitalkuchi. Central forces will be there in the booth. And if anyone crosses limit, you have seen what has happened. More Sitalkuchi-like incidents will happen in the future.”
Election Commission banned Dilip Ghosh, cancelled his meetings
Before the poll body banned Dilip Ghosh, they also banned BJP leader Rahul Sinha from campaigning for next 48 hours for his remarks on Sitalkuchi.
“Not four, eight people should have been shot dead in Shitalkuchi,” said Sinha, BJP’s candidate in Habra constituency.
Meanwhile, on April 16, Ghosh had meetings in Bengal’s Naihati and Jagaddal.
He took to social media to share a photo where he is seen standing on the sea beach and wrote that he has banned by ECI and therefore, he has cancelled his campaigns.
Mamata barred from campaigning
On Monday, the Election Commission had banned Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours.
The poll body said the TMC supremo cannot campaign in any manner from 8 pm on Monday till 8pm on April 13. After Mamata was barred from campaigning till 8 pm on April 13, she staged a sit-in protest alone without any TMC flag in Kolkata.
At the Gandhi Statute in Kolkata, she was seen protesting in a wheelchair. All throughout her protest, the Bengal chief minister was seen sketching.