The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a fresh notification to Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday at her party office in Kalighat seeking a reply against her statements which were made from an election rally in Asansol few days ago.
Earlier, the ECI had served a notice to Banerjee addressing her as the Chief Minister and as the result of which the Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee replied to the ECI.
The incident created confusion with various Opposition parties hit back at the Trinamool Congress chief Banerjee saying the Chief Secretary of the state has no right to reply to the commission on behalf of the government when notice was sent to her.
Echoing the same voice Prime Minister Modi during his election campaign in the state on last Sunday, they tried to get some political mileage and raised questions why Chief Secretary had replied to the commission on her behalf.
The ECI did not accept the reply of the Chief Secretary as it was served to Banerjee as the chief of her party. But the whole confusion was created as the commission in its letter mentioned Banerjee as the Chief Minister. The commission, however, did not receive Chief Secretary’s reply as it found that there was some technical error which had created whole confusion. Hence the commission decided to issue fresh notification to Banerjee as the party chief.
It was learnt that the notice has arrived at Kalighat office asking Banerjee to send a reply to the commission within April 22. Banerjee from her election rally categorically responded to the allegation of the Opposition parties. She claimed that as the letter was sent to her as the Chief Minister of the state the Chief Secretary had given a reply. If it would have been sent to the Trinmaool Congress chief then she would have sent the reply.
According to the Nabanna sources, Chief Secretary said he will send another reply to the commission soon clarifying why he had responded to the letter. In another development the ECI has sought a CD from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in the state containing her remarks at Baraboni.