Election Commission imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. The ban has been imposed over his 'there will be Sitalkuchi in several places' remarks. Commission 'sternly' warned Ghosh and advised him to desist from using such statements. Four people died in a firing incident by CISF in Sitalkuchi during the fourth phase of polls. Officials had said the jawans opened fire after they came under attack from locals. The campaign ban on Ghosh will be in effect from 7 pm April 15 to 7 pm April 16. Reacting to EC's order, Ghosh said he will not stage dharna unlike CM Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, Ghosh was also sent notice by EC for his alleged remarks over the Sitalkuchi incident. Poll campaign has seen EC clamping down on several leaders for objectionable utterances. EC earlier barred Mamata from campaigning for 24 hours for remarks against central forces.
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Reacting on the Election Commission's decision over a 24-hour ban on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from election campaigning for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", party National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on April 15 said, "If EC has issued some guidelines, whether it's for my party or somebody else, everyone should have to follow the guidelines. We welcomed the Election Commission's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
After being banned by the Election Commission for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", WB BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, "It is fine. EC wants free and fair elections and this time the elections are little high voltage and this has been started by Mamata Banerjee. Every action has a reaction. EC has all the rights to ban someone if they think someone is not conducting well... Our party is not running by a single person. We have other members who'll hold rallies now. This is a day off for me. Unlike Mamata Banerjee, I am not protesting against EC's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
Election Commission imposed a 24-hour ban on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from election campaigning for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks". Ghosh's ban will be valid till April 16. The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
Ahead of the sixth phase of voting in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held massive roadshows. While the BJP leader held a rally in Habra, the Trinamool Congress chief led a roadshow in Kolkata. Many participants at the rallies didn't follow Covid protocol, failing to maintain social distance. Some didn't even wear face masks. Watch the full video for more.
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BJP released a purported audio clip of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaking to Sitalkuchi nominee. BJP claimed that Mamata proposed a rally with bodies of Cooch Behar firing victims. A BJP delegation urged Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab to take note of the clip. BJP claimed such a move could lead to untoward situations in the state amid ongoing polls. Meanwhile, TMC has described the audio clip as 'bogus' and said no such conversation took place. Violence marred a Cooch Behar polling booth during the fourth round of voting on April 10. Four persons died near a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar district. Reports suggest central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals. Incident took place after locals allegedly attempted to snatch rifles of central forces. Watch the full video for more details.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met with the families of people who were killed during the fourth round of voting for the state assembly elections on April 10 in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. While an 18-year-old first time voter was shot dead by miscreants when he was standing in a queue to cast his vote, four others were killed in firing by central forces reportedly in self-defence on the same day.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violence that happened during fourth phase of polls in Cooch Behar's Sitalkuchi. The violent incident had claimed lives of four people. "Didi is abusing BJP unnecessarily. You're mistaken that BJP is contesting against you. It is the mothers, sisters of North Bengal, Rajbongshi community, the Gorkha community, the tea workers, the farmers who are contesting against you," said Amit Shah. He further said, "The 4th phase polls were held in North Bengal. Didi instigated people, told them to gherao CRPF and loot them. People listened to her, weapons were snatched, bullets were fired, four people died. Didi had you not instigated them they wouldn't have died. A fifth person also died. A youth, Anand Burman had gone to cast his vote but TMC goons shot him dead. Didi is speaking about the 4 but nothing on Anand Burman. Why? It's because he belonged to Rajbongshi community that is not a part of her vote bank." Eight-phase Bengal elections will conclude on April 29.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh attacked West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over her dharna against EC's campaign ban. Ghosh blamed the Bengal CM for deaths in Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of polling. “She (Mamata) is targeting the Election Commission and giving direction to loot EVMs. Mamata Banerjee is completely responsible for the deaths (in Sitalkuchi). She is not following the decision taken by EC and is sitting on dharna. She, who protests against SC and the Constitution, will never follow law,” said Ghosh. Mamata is sitting on dharna next to a Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Kolkata's Mayo road. EC imposed a 24-hour ban on the TMC supremo from campaigning in any manner. Ban has been imposed over Mamata's remarks against the central forces. Meanwhile, EC also issued a notice to Ghosh for his remarks on the Sitalkuchi incident.
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BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh on April 13 reacted on state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sitting on dharna after Election Commission banned her from campaigning for 24 hours. Blaming CM Mamata for the killings in Cooch Behar, he said that "she is protesting against Supreme Court and the Constitution of India". "I don't believe that she (Mamata Banerjee) will follow the law. It doesn't suit a Chief Minister," said Ghosh. Mamata Banerjee is sitting on dharna at Gandhi Murti, as a mark of protest after the Election Commission (EC) imposed a ban on her for 24 hours from campaigning in any manner from 8 pm of April 12 till 8 pm of April 13.