Mamata hits back at EC’s show-cause notice
Reacting sharply to the Election Commission’s show-cause notice, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday dared the poll body to take action against her and said the people of the state will “show-cause” it on May 19, when the election results will be out.
“Just heard that they (EC) have show-caused me because I had said I will see inch by inch. I have said what I liked, I will again say so, thousand times, crore times, do whatever you (EC) can against me,” she said at an election rally soon after the Chief Election Commissioner said the TMC supremo has been show-caused for her promise of creating a new district of Asansol and other remarks.
Banerjee, however, claimed that the EC show-caused her for her comments that she would take on the rival parties after the elections.
“What will you do against me? You have transferred my officer, will you transfer me to Delhi? If you bury me here, I will resurface in Delhi.
“I will react vigorously if you intimidate me,” the TMC chief said.
“They (EC) have show-caused me on the very first day of the Bengali New Year, the people will show-cause them on May 19,” a visibly irritated Banerjee said.
However, when asked after the meeting whether she would reply to the show-cause notice, the Chief Minister said, “I have not yet received the letter. My party will decide what to do.”
Banerjee also stood by Birbhum district TMC president Anubrata Mondal, against whom the EC has threatened to take legal action, saying, “They (EC) want Anubrata to be arrested and not Salim (CPI-M MP) and Sujan (CPI-M candidate from Jadavpur Assembly constituency).
“Buddha (former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) will be not be arrested in the Nandigram case. They will only say, go and arrest Anubrata.”
On Thursday the EC said it will take legal action against Anubrata Mondal, for ‘inciting’ people through his speeches despite of being alerted by the commission repeated times.
The ECI has also issued a show-cause notice to Trinamool Congress chief, Mamata Banerjee for violating the model code of conduct (MCC) while addressing an election rally in Asansol last week.
It may be mentioned that the ECI had issued show-cause notice to Mondal twice for violating the MCC.
The clarifications that were given to the commission by Mondal were found to be not convincing enough, which is why the commission had finally issued censor notice to Mondal for his distasteful remarks.
Various opposition parties had lodged complaints with the commission against Mondal for breaching the model code of conduct.
The commission also censored him as he failed to provide satisfactory explanation to the commission.
As per the complaints of the opposition parties to the commission Mondal went ahead with his objectionable comments despite of being served a censor notice.
On the other hand the commission has served a show cause notice to the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for her comments that violated the model code of conduct of the election commission.
Nasim Zaidi said that the commission had received a complaint against Banerjee who had made some kind promises while attending an election rally in Asansol.
“She has made a promise that a separate district will be set up in Asansol which is a violation of model code of conduct.
“ We have served a show-cause notice to her and are waiting reply from her side,” Nasim Zaidi said.