Lashing out on the Election Fee over its resolution to bar her from campaigning for 24 hours, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned she would stage a dharna within the metropolis on Tuesday to protest in opposition to the ballot panel’s “unconstitutional resolution”. Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “To protest in opposition to the undemocratic and unconstitutional resolution of the Election Fee of India, I’ll sit on dharna tomorrow at Gandhi Murti, Kolkata from 12 midday.”
The ballot panel’s order got here after Banerjee’s remarks in opposition to central forces and an announcement that had alleged non secular overtones.
“Fee hereby condemns such statements potent with severe regulation and order issues throughout the state (s) and sternly warns Mamata Banerjee and advises her to desist from utilizing such statements whereas making public utterances through the interval when Mannequin Code of Conduct is in power,” the
the fee mentioned in its order.
Meeting polls in West Bengal started on March 27, and the remaining 4 of the eight phases of elections shall be held between April 17 and April 29.
Members of the Trinamool Congress joined Banerjee in slamming the ballot panel for its resolution on her. Coming down closely on the EC, TMC nationwide vice-president Yashwant Sinha mentioned each establishment of democracy has been compromised.
“We all the time had a doubt concerning the impartiality of the EC. However, in the present day it has shed no matter pretence it had. Now it’s clear that EC is appearing on the behest of Modi/Shah and underneath their direct order.
“Each establishment of democracy is compromised in the present day. What hope do we’ve?” he tweeted.
Echoing him, different senior leaders of the celebration claimed that the ballot panel was behaving like a “wing of the BJP” and its resolution smacks of authoritarianism.
Derek O’Brien, the ruling celebration’s Rajya Sabha MP, mentioned it was a black day for India’s democracy.
“EC stands for Extraordinarily Compromised. April 12 BLACK DAY in our democracy,” O’Brien tweeted.
“At all times knew we have been successful Bengal,” he added.
One other celebration chief, Kunal Ghosh, mentioned the choice to ban Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours is “atrocious and smacks of authoritarianism”.
“The EC is behaving like a wing of the BJP. The ban is atrocious and smacks of authoritarianism. The only real goal of the EC is to cease Banerjee from campaigning because the BJP has already sensed defeat. This shameful,” he acknowledged.
The BJP, nevertheless, welcomed the choice and accused TMC of vitiating the ballot discourse.
“The EC did the fitting factor. The best way TMC leaders are instigating the folks in opposition to the EC and the central forces is unacceptable,” BJP chief Sourav Sikdar mentioned.
(With PTI inputs)