TMC filed a complaint against BJP candidate Agnimitra Paul after its MLA Narendranath Chakraborty was barred from campaigning in the Asansol by-election for a week.
TMC filed a complaint against BJP candidate Agnimitra Paul after its MLA Narendranath Chakraborty was barred from campaigning in the Asansol by-election for a week. Paul, a fashion designer by trade, defeated TMC’s Sayani Ghosh from Asansol Dakshin in the West Bengal Assembly elections of 2021.
TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh accused her of delivering hate speeches during the election campaign in a letter to West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer on Thursday. He claimed, for example, that after praying at the Maa Ghagarpuri temple on March 19, Paul incited her supporters to attack her opponents.
“Retaliation for an attack can only be an attack,” she said, according to Ghosh. “Retaliation for an attack cannot be a namaskar…response for an attack cannot be a hug…retaliation for an attack can only be an attack.”
She claimed that giving a “hate speech” from a place of worship was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He also claimed that she was subject to punishment under the Indian Penal Code’s Sections 153, 505, and 506.
Kunal Ghosh also accused Paul of making a hate speech against the TMC at a press conference on March 29 near Burnpur. As a result, he requested that the EC file criminal charges against the Asansol Dakshin MLA for violating sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Model Code of Conduct.
Ghosh also urged the election commission to prevent her from repeating such violations in the future, as well as to ensure a free and fearless environment in the Asansol constituency.
TMC MLA is barred from campaigning.
From 10 a.m. on March 30 to 8 p.m. on April 6, the EC barred Pandabeswar MLA Narendranath Chakraborty from holding any public meetings, processions, roadshows, or interviews in connection with the by-election.
On Thursday, the TMC legislator was chastised after he was overheard telling TMC workers to intimidate hardline BJP supporters in order to prevent them from voting in the elections. The poll body censured the TMC MLA for violating provisions of the MCC and other laws, claiming that his remarks have the potential to interfere with electors’ free exercise of their voting rights.
He was heard saying in an undated video, “Tell them that if they go to vote, it will be assumed that they will vote for the BJP, and that where they live after the vote will be at risk. And if you don’t vote, we’ll assume you’ve voted for us, and you’re free to live and work wherever you want as long as we’re with you. Is everything clear?”