The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee to give reply to the show-cause notice as it was not satisfied with the Chief Secretary’s answer in this regard.
RK Srivastav, a senior official of the Commission in a letter to the state Chief Secretary has expressed dissatisfaction over the matter. It may be recalled that while addressing an election rally in Asansol, Banerjee had made an announcement saying that a separate state would be set up in Asansol. Trinamool Congress leaders said that the decision of creating a new state in Asansol was taken up by the government much ahead of the notification of the elections and hence the announcement did not flout the model code of conduct of the election.
It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at Krishnanagar on Sunday had said that the Election Commission was not happy with the reply. The reply should have been given either by Mamata Banerjee or her party or any lawyer engaged by her.
“Didi, you should respect the system of parliamentary democracy because if it collapses then every one of us will be affected,” he said. The letter of ECI following Modi’s statement has again put the integrity of the institution to doubt, Trinamul Congress alleged.
Trinamool Congress leaders said as the letter was referred to Mamata Banerjee without assigning her designation either as the Chief Minister or the Trinamool Congress leader. So the Chief Secretary on behalf of the state government had given the reply.
Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday from an election rally said it does not matter who gives the reply. As the letter was sent to the government and that is why the Chief Secretary has given the reply. If the letter was sent to the party, the letter would have been given on the party pad.