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EC seeks report on Supriyo's remarks

BJP leader abused 2 supporters who protested against him for accusing his TMC rival of running a syndicate

Kolkata: Babul Supriyo, outgoing BJP MP from Asansol, who is contesting from the same constituency in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections seemed to have made a habit of courting controversy every now and then ever since the notification of the elections has taken place.

This time around, a serious allegation has surfaced against Supriyo who has allegedly abused two Trinamool Congress supporters and passed controversial remarks against the duo. The Election Commission has taken a strong exception to Supriyo's comments and the way he behaved during his election rally on April 11.

After the Election Commission received a specific complaint in this regard, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state has sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan and also wanted to know what steps have been taken so far in this regard.

The CEO office will go through the report submitted by the DEO and then decide what can be done in connection to the incident.

Supriyo lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when two local Trinamool Congress supporters protested against him for accusing his Trinamool Congress rival of running a syndicate with the coal mafias. The protest by the two individuals did not go down well with Supriyo and he soon engaged in a heated altercation with them.

Supriyo's wrath went to such an extent that he instructed his partymen to slap them. Following the incident, the two victims were heckled by the BJP activists in presence of Supriyo. It was also alleged that the outgoing MP told the BJP workers to throw them out. The incident triggered a political slugfest with the Trinamool Congress calling it a classic example of breaching the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The incident occurred at Dhandadihi area of Andal when Supriyo was conducting a road show. The duo protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Supriyo, however, claimed that the TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show.

As Supriyo was spewing venom against the TMC, the two supporters allegedly shouted the slogan 'Chowkidar Chor Hain.'

The situation was brought under control following the intervention of the local residents.

Supriyo triggered controversy in previous occasions as well. He sang and released a theme song for his party without the prior permission from the Election Commission. He went ahead and played the song during his election rallies despite a ban imposed by the EC. Eventually, he was forced to stop playing the song.

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