After Didi, BJP netas face EC ire for provocative remarks | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after it slapped a 24-hour marketing campaign ban on Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for alleged communal remarks and exhorting voters to ‘gherao’ paramilitary personnel, the Election Commission served a discover to BJP’s Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh for suggesting there can be extra Sitalkuchi-like incidents if “someone crosses his limits” within the subsequent part of polling on April 17.
The EC additionally banned BJP chief Rahul Sinha — whereas consciously deciding to not precede its order with a discover — over his remarks that “eight, and not four, people should have been killed” within the Sitalkuchi firing.
As for Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata’s former aide and now her opponent in Nandigram who was beneath the EC scanner for his “begum” and “mini-Pakistan” jibes throughout a March 29 speech, the ballot panel took a lenient view after he promised to abide by the EC’s directives. He was let off with a warning and recommendation to desist from utilizing such statements in his public utterances through the election interval.
Four folks had been killed in firing by CISF personnel at a polling station in Sitalkuchi throughout polling on April 10. Reports sought by the EC mentioned the paramilitary personnel resorted to firing “in self-defence” towards a violent mob.
The EC, in its discover to Ghosh, mentioned it was of the view that he had, in violation of the mannequin code of conduct, Section 123(3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and Section 153A of the IPC (the latter two coping with selling communal hatred) “made statements that are provocative and can seriously incite the emotions and lead to breakdown of law and order, thereby adversely affecting the election process”. The EC gave him time till 10 am on Wednesday to clarify.
While addressing a public rally in Barangar, North 24 Parganas on April 11, Ghosh had mentioned, “Where did so many naughty boys come from? Those naughty boys were shot at yesterday in Sitalkuchi. These naughty boys will not be there in Bengal. Those who thought that the central forces’ rifles were meant to be just for show have well understood now the power of cartridges. And this will be carried on throughout Bengal. Those who take the law in their own hands will be given a befitting answer. I hope that you all will queue up to cast your votes on the morning on April 17. Central forces will be there in the booths. No one can show you an angry eye. Because we are here. And if someone crosses his limits, then you have seen what happened in Sitalkuchi. There will be Sitalkuchi in several places.”
Trinamool Congress had complained to the EC towards Ghosh’s “inflammatory” assertion, saying it was an “open threat to Bengal and its people”.
Strongly condemning Sinha’s assertion throughout a speech on April 12, the EC barred him from campaigning in any method from 12 midday on Tuesday to 12 midday on Thursday. He had mentioned, “The central forces have given them a befitting answer. The central forces should have killed eight people instead of four in Sitalkuchi. The central forces should be issued a show cause notice as to why they have killed only four of them.”
Stating that it had determined to problem the order towards him with out serving a discover “due to urgency of the matter,” the EC chided him for “his highly provocative statements mocking human life, and inciting the forces that could have serious law and order implications, thereby adversely affecting the election process”.
The order on Adhikari cited his rationalization that he firmly believed in free and honest elections with no unwell-will between candidates or private assaults, that he had no mala fide intention to criticise anybody personally or make any offensive or derogatory remarks towards anybody, and that he had not violated the mannequin code however can be extra cautious sooner or later. Adhikari additionally promised to abide by any directives of the EC.

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