Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

EC decision taken at BJP’s direction, says Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday termed the Election Commission’s decision to curtail campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in the state and remove two senior officers as one taken on the direction of the BJP, its President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She also wondered whether the directives were due to the “threat” issued to the poll panel by Shah

She also wondered whether the directives were due to the “threat” issued to the poll panel by Shah during a media meet in Delhi on Wednesday morning.

Addressing a hurriedly-convened media meet here, the Chief Minister said: “Some emergency situation has arisen due to some directions of the Election Commission. I don’t consider these as EC’s decision. These have been taken as per the direction of the BJP, Modi and Amit Shah.”

“In the morning, Shah held a press conference in Delhi, where he threatened the Election Commission.

“Is this a fallout of that?” she asked.

“Modi is a champion liar. I have seen many Prime Ministers but never seen a liar prime minister like him. Speaking in Bengal, he dares to lie in broad daylight saying Amit Shah was attacked.

“It is them who attacked Bengal’s culture, its them who vandalised Vidyasagar’s statue,” alleged Banerjee while addressing a rally in Agarpara in North 24 Parganas district.

Modi during an election rally in Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency in the state, said the attack on Shah’s roadshow in College Street came days after Banerjee vowed to take revenge against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Retaliating to both Modi and Shah’s attacks on her over the issue, Banerjee claimed that the BJP was out to destroy Bengal’s culture and heritage.

“Bereft of any ideology or culture, the BJP is conspiring to destroy Bengal’s culture. It’s Bengal which gave India’s national anthem and national song,” said Banerjee invoking Rabindranath Tagore and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.

“Their only gameplan is to destroy Bengal’s constitution, but we will never allow that,” thundered Banerjee.

Reiterating her allegations of the BJP using money and muscle power to vitiate the poll process, Banerjee said despite all its efforts the saffron party will be defeated.

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