MP: 7-day campaign ban against Trinamool MLA over ‘threat’ video | Kolkata News

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Calcutta: The Electoral Commission on Wednesday censured Trinamool Congressman Narendranath Chakraborty for Pandabeswar for breaching the model code of conduct and banned him from campaigning for the next seven days, precisely until 8 p.m. on April 6 , ahead of the Asansol parliamentary election on 12 April.
The EC notice bars Chakraborty from holding rallies and roadshows, making public speeches and giving interviews to TV stations following a viral video clip which allegedly shows the MP urging his supporters to “threaten” diehard BJP supporters and “stop them from going to vote”. The EC asked the police to take legal action. In a letter to all political parties, he also urged leaders and workers to refrain from intimidating voters.
The BJP had filed a complaint with the summit polling panel against Chakraborty on Tuesday and also submitted the controversial music video. A formal complaint has also been filed with West Burdwan SP.
In the clip, the MP can be heard saying, “We must threaten BJP supporters. Tell them they can vote at their own risk. The EC took the decision to ban the MP from campaigning after verifying the authenticity of the video even though Chakraborty, in his response to a demo notice, claimed it was an “old clip “.
Trinamool chief Kunal Ghosh said the EC was playing a “partisan” role. “The commission took action against a Trinamool MP, but they ignored the combative mode of BJP Asansol candidate Agnimitra Paul. She prescribed an eye for an eye to BJP workers. We expect the EC to play a neutral role,” he said.
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