Kolkata, April 12, 2021: The Election Commission bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning on Monday for the next 24 hours. The EC says the West Bengal chief minister has violated the model code of conduct for her several remarks during the ongoing assembly elections in the poll-bound state.
Election Commission bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning
On Monday, the EC bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning on Monday 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.
“Whereas, the Commission has carefully considered the matter and is of the considered view that Ms. Mamata Banerjee, who also happens to be the Chief Minister of the State, has in violation of the provisions of Model Code of Conduct as well as Section 123(3) & (3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and Sections 186, 189 and 505 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 made highly insinuating and provocative remarks laden with serious potential of breakdown of law & order and thereby adversely affecting the election process,” the Election Commission said in its order.
Election Commission bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning till April 13
The EC bans Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for violation of provisions of Model Code of Conduct and sections of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Earlier, the poll body has issued two notices to Mamata for violating the model code of conduct. Mamata had allegedly appealed to the Muslims to not let their vote split at a rally in Tarakeshwar. At another rally, she has asked to gherao the central security forces.
“I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters to not divide their votes after listening to the devil (shaitaan) person who had taken money from the BJP,” Mamata had said.
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Black day for democracy
After Mamata was barred from campaigning till 8 pm on April 13, Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien took to Twitter took a jibe at the Election Commission. He called the Election Commission “extremely compromised.” TMC, meanwhile, said that it is a black day for democracy.