The Trinamool Congress on Monday lashed out at the Election Commission saying that the national poll body was ‘Extremely Compromised.’ Trinamool Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP said that the 24-hour ban on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the ‘Black Day in our democracy.
In a series of tweets, O’Brien wrote, “EC (Election Commission) stands for Extremely Compromised.” His other tweet read, “April 12. BLACK DAY in our democracy.”
O’Brien’s reaction came in response to the 24-hour ban imposed by the Election Commission on Banerjee. This means that the Trinamool Congress supremo will not be able to campaign in any shape or form on 12 April.
Banerjee has been accused of urging Muslims to vote for her party and also asking people to either hit back or surround security forces. She was asked by the national poll body to explain her speeches. The 66-year-old politician sent her replies but they did not convince the Election Commission, which accused Mamata Banerjee of suffering from selective amnesia.
At least four people were killed by the security forces in Cooch Behar during the fourth round of polling last week. BJP’s West Bengal President Dilip Ghosh had sensationally warned of more Cooch Behar-like killings. This had prompted Banerjee to demand a permanent ban on Ghosh. While addressing an election rally at Ranaghat in Nadia district, Banerjee had said, “Some political leaders are threatening of more Sitalkuchi-like incidents, while others are saying that the death toll should have been higher. I am stunned and shocked to see such reactions. What are these leaders up to? They should be politically banned.”