West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday reacted sharply to the Election Commission’s discover over her latest comment wherein she had requested Muslims to not divide essential minority votes amongst different events. Accusing the ballot panel of ignoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged transgressions of the election guidelines, Ms Banerjee stated she would at all times stand towards the division of voters on non secular traces even when she obtained “10 show-cause notices”.
“You (EC) can issue 10 show-cause notices to me, but my reply will be the same. I will always speak against any division in Hindu, Muslim votes. I will always stand against division of voters along religious lines,” Ms Banerjee was quoted by information company PTI as saying.
“Why no complaint has been filed against Narendra Modi, who every day talks about Hindu and Muslim (vote banks)? How many complaints have been filed against those who had uttered the word ”mini-Pakistan” during the Nandigram campaigns?” she stated, referring to her confidant-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari.
The Election Commission issued a show-cause discover to the Trinamool chief on Wednesday for “openly demanding votes on communal grounds” throughout her campaigning in Hooghly on April 3.
The Election Commission had additionally quoted Mamata Banerjee’s comment that prompted the discover. “… I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded hands… don’t divide the minority votes after listening to the devil… who had taken money from the BJP…? He passes many communal statements and initiates clashes between Hindus and Muslims… comrades of the CPM and BIP are roaming around with money given by BJP to divide the minority votes”.
The 27 p.c Muslim votes in Bengal are important for Mamata Banerjee’s return because the Chief Minister. However, there are issues within the Trinamool camp that two new entrants in Bengal politics – Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and the Indian Secular Front – can divide the minority votes, which may benefit the BJP.
Ms Banerjee calls Mr Owaisi BJP’s “B-Team”.
Earlier this week, PM Modi had stated that Ms Banerjee’s enchantment to the neighborhood was proof that she did not have confidence on her Muslim vote financial institution.
“Dear Didi, recently you said all Muslims should unite, and not allow their votes to be divided. You are saying this means that you are convinced that the Muslim vote bank has also gone out of your hands, the Muslims have also turned away from you,” he had stated.
With inputs from PTI
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