EC notice to Mamata over appeal to Muslim voters

The Election Commission issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday for her alleged appeal to Muslim voters whereas campaigning in Hooghly to not enable their votes get break up amongst totally different political events.

IMAGE: West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee addresses an election marketing campaign rally in Kolkata. Photograph: PTI Photo

She has been requested to reply to the notice inside the subsequent 48 hours.

The notice mentioned the ballot panel had acquired a grievance from a BJP delegation alleging that on April 3, Banerjee appealed to the Muslim voters not to let their votes get break up amongst totally different political events through the election rally at Tarakeshwar in Hooghly.


“Kanyashree, Kanyashree, there are scholarships up to the college. There is Shishashree for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. For basic class there may be Swami Vivekananda Scholarship. There is Aikyashree for my brothers and sisters belonging to the minority group and I’ve given it to 2 crores and 35 lakh beneficiaries. I’m requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded arms do not divide the minority votes after listening to the satan (shaitaan) one who had taken cash from the BJP.

“He passes many communal statements and initiates clashes between the Hindu and the Muslims. He is among the apostles of the BJP, a comrade. The comrades of CPI-M and BJP are roaming round with the cash given by the BJP to divide the minority votes. Please do not enable them to achieve this. Keep in thoughts that if the BJP comes into the federal government then you can be in extreme hazard.

“I also will tell my Hindu brothers and sister not to make division amongst yourselves as Hindu and Muslim after listening to the BJP,” the notice quoted Banerjee as saying.

The EC mentioned it discovered her speech violating the provisions of the Representation of the People Act and the mannequin code.

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