EC imposes 24-hour campaigning ban on Mamata Banerjee

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The Election Commission on Monday imposed a 24-hour ban on campaigning by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File photo.

The Election Commission on Monday imposed a 24-hour ban on campaigning by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her “highly insinuating” and “provocative remarks” that the poll regulating body described as having “serious potential” to lead to a breakdown of law and order during elections

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Monday asserted that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will have no impact on the Gorkhas, and accused the ruling TMC in West Bengal of misleading the people of the hills.

Campaigning after a roadshow in Kalimpong, Shah said as long as Narendra Modi-led BJP government is there at the Centre, Gorkhas will not be harmed. “NRC has not yet been implemented, but whenever it is done, not a single Gorkha will be asked to leave,” PTI quoted him as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Bardhaman district ahead of the fifth phase of polls, asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to disrespect the central forces guarding people at polling booths by levelling baseless allegations. This comes a day after Banerjee had accused of the CISF of killing four people in Cooch Behar district during the fourth phase of polling, terming the incident as a “genocide”.

Rising political mercury

The Prime Minister also hit out at the Trinamool, saying it has been eliminated in the first four phases and is hence angry at everyone around. Modi added that the people of Bengal have chosen real change as opposed to Mamata Banerjee’s syndicate and cut-money rule.

The political mercury is rising in Bengal and the BJP has parachuted its strongest campaigners — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah — to Bengal to hold consecutive rallies in the state on the same day.

While the Prime Minister will hold three public rallies in south Bengal, the Union Home Minister will be camping in north Bengal, addressing two rallies and leading two roadshows on Monday. On Sunday, while speaking at an event in Basirhat Dakshin, Amit Shah had said, “Didi is repeatedly saying Amit Shah must resign. Didi, when people will ask me to resign, then I will. But you must prepare as you will have to resign on May 2.”

He also alleged that Mamata’s advice to gherao central forces instigated people to attack the central forces personnel.”

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