In yet another move to create pressure on Trinamool Congress, the Election Commission (EC) restricted the movement of Birbhum Trinamool Congress President Anubrata Mondal outside Bolpur along with serving a show-cause notice to Mondal on Saturday morning. The Commission sought a reply from Mondal within 5 pm on Saturday.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Dibyendu Sarkar said that Mondal has been served a show-cause notice by the Commission after it found that he had made some ‘derogatory’ comments against various Opposition party leaders.
A team of intellectuals led by Abhirup Sarkar on Saturday met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Gupta and said that the allegations made by the ruling party were not properly looked into. They urged the Commission to ensure that the members of the ruling party are not assaulted and killed.
Eleven TMC workers were killed since the election dates were announced. They further said that the allegation against the Chief Minister without proper verification was humiliating.
It may be mentioned that the Commission had issued a show-cause notice to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for her promises of creating a separate Asansol district from an election rally.
“Earlier, BJP candidate from Mayureswar Locket Chatterjee had raised complaints against Mondal for violating the model code of conduct.
After going through the various video footages the Commission had found that Mondal had made some derogatory remarks against Biman Bose, Surya Kanta Mishra, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Adhir Choudhury and Locket Chatterjee on the basis of which the Commission has decided to issue him show-cause notice.
He also been asked to give a reply to the Commission within 5 pm on Saturday,” Sarkar said.
While replying to questions Mondal on Saturday in Birbhum said that he did not know whether the notice had reached his office.
After it reaches his party office he will send his reply to the Commission, Mondal said. He also claimed that he did not make any ‘derogatory’ comment against anybody. It may be mentioned that as per the Commission’s order Mondal had been kept under constant watch of a team comprising the central forces headed by a Magistrate from Saturday morning.