COOCH BEHAR: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused central forces on Wednesday of asking folks to vote for BJP and exhorted folks, notably ladies, to “gherao CRPF personnel if they try to foment trouble”.
“One group should gherao them (CRPF personnel) and another group should go and vote if CRPF personnel foment trouble,” Banerjee stated at a rally in Cooch Behar. “Do not waste your vote. Your vote will be wasted if all of you gherao them and that is exactly what BJP wants,” she stated.
The Election Commission has sought a report from the district Justice of the Peace. “I want a peaceful vote. People should be allowed to cast their votes. The CRPF should not stop people from voting. Who has asked central forces to tell people: ‘Vote for BJP’? Who has asked them to do ‘Modi or Didi’? I respect real jawans but not this BJP CRPF who are assaulting women, harassing people,” she stated.
Her assertion prompted BJP to lodge a criticism with the EC. Banerjee had tried to create a legislation-and-order downside, the occasion stated, including that the assertion “against our own security forces is seditious and anti-national”. The CM urged folks to lodge FIRs in opposition to the lads in uniform“if they tell you that you cannot vote”.
Banerjee urged voters, particularly ladies, to be courageous. “These central forces are going to villages to ensure that women do not vote. So, my mothers and sisters, if you are told not to vote, will you listen? A single vote is more important than guns and bombs,” she stated.
She additionally tried to set the report straight in regards to the imposition of prohibitory orders throughout polling. “A rumour is being spread that the entire area comes under Sec tion 144 on election day; this is wrong. Section 144 is there only 200 metres around poll premises. Nothing stops people from going to vote in groups,” she stated, including, “During elections, policemen turn BJP supporters”.
Mamata stated she wouldn’t enable folks to go to detention camps, like in Assam. “All who live in Bengal are Indian citizens. The state has already recognised refugees settled on state government land. The state cabinet has also decided to grant land deeds to those on central government and private lands. We will fight for you,” she stated.
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