Mamata slams EC for inaction on ballot complaints, threatens to maneuver courtroom


Nandigram, April 1

Amid incidents of stray violence in the high profile Nandigram constituency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the Election Commission for “inaction” despite her party lodging several poll-related complaints and threatened to move the law courts over it.

“We have lodged 63 complaints since morning. But no action has been taken. We will move court over it. This is unacceptable,” the chief minister said sitting in a wheelchair outside booth 7 in Boyal in Nandigram. “The EC is working on the instructions of Amit Shah,”  she alleged.

“Goons from other states creating ruckus here,” she added. The TMC chief has been complaining about long alleging that her rivals have brought in goons from other states to intimidate voters.

The Election Commission of India sought a detailed report from the administration in connection with an incident of violence in Boyal area in Nandigram where Banerjee paid a visit to oversee the polling process.

The West Bengal chief minister visited several booths across the high-profile Nandigram constituency, where she is pitted against her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP.

As soon as Banerjee reached Boyal, BJP supporters started chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans.

Supporters of the two parties then indulged in violence, as TMC leaders demanded re-polling in booth number 7, police said.

Central forces tried to restore law and peace in the area.

Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain sought a report from the administration regarding the incident outside a polling booth in Boyal area, and the death of a person in Keshpur area earlier in the day.

A Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly stabbed to death in Keshpur area in Paschim Medinipur district in the early hours of Thursday.

Polling is being held in phase two of the elections at 30 assembly constituencies in South 24 Parganas, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur districts. PTI



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