Kolkata: The Election Commission (EC) has issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, asking her to explain her stand on her recent comments about central forces in the state by April 10.
This is the second notice issued to her by the EC.
Calling her statements against the Central Paramilitary Forces “completely false and provocative,” the Election Commission on Friday issued a notice to Ms Banerjee and asked her to explain her stand on the same before 11 am on Saturday.
If Banerjee fails to explain herself, action would be taken against her for violating the Model Code of Conduct as well as sections 186, 189, 505 of the IPC, the notice said.
“Keep an eye on CRPF personnel. Gherao them because they do not let people cast their votes. While one team will engage them in conversations the other team will cast votes. This is how everyone can exercise their franchise,” the TMC supremo had said at an election rally in Cooch Behar earlier.
Ms Banerjee in an election meeting on Thursday claimed that central forces on poll duty in West Bengal were working under the instructions of the central government.
She also accused the forces of committing atrocities on villagers and harassing women.
Addressing a public meeting in Alipurduar district, the TMC supremo accused the Election Commission of turning a blind eye to the “excesses” of the CRPF, CISF, BSF and the ITBP.