Won’t be ‘intimidated’ by EC, says Mamata Banerjee on notice | India News – Times of India

BALAGARH/DOMJUR: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Thursday defended her ballot speech at Tarakeswar final Saturday that invited a notice from the Election Commission for urging “minority voters” to keep away from a “division” of their votes.
“All I wanted was to keep votes united,” she stated in Howrah’s Domjur, a day after the EC despatched her a notice. She wouldn’t be intimidated by present-trigger notices, the Bengal CM added, searching for to know what number of complaints the EC had acquired in opposition to PM Narendra Modi’s “communal and divisive speeches”.
Modi had slammed Mamata for her feedback, saying he would have gotten “eight to 10 notices from the EC” had he requested Hindus to unite and vote for BJP.
The EC notice to Mamata got here on Wednesday, 24 hours after the PM’s feedback. “You all voted for BJP last time. But what has it done other than spreading violence and lies? A cylinder of cooking gas now costs Rs 950. Tell them that you don’t want Rs 1,000 for going to BJP rallies or Rs 500 for casting your vote for BJP; in stead, ask them to give you cooking gas free,” she stated, declaring how India’s economic system had slid below the BJP’s watch.
“They are out to sell out railways, coal, SAIL. Where will the youth get jobs?” she requested. The CM additionally accused the Union dwelling ministry of asking central forces to “intimidate” youths and girls. “I am not blaming the central forces.
The ministry of home affairs is responsible. It is directing central force personnel to go around a constituency a day before polling and intimidate youths and women,” she stated, exhorting individuals to file FIRs. “Mothers and sisters, get your hatas and khuntis (ladles and kitchen spuds) ready. File FIRs immediately. Inform us if cops do not register your complaints,” she stated in Hooghly’s Balagarh.
Mamata iterated her promise of a month-to-month fee of Rs 500-Rs 1,000 to housewives, free ration in individuals’s houses, a college students’ bank card with a Rs 10 lakh restrict and Rs 10,000 to every pupil to purchase smartphones for on-line courses.
The CM held up Trinamool Balagarh candidate Manoranjan Byapari for example of somebody who had come up from the grassroots. “He is the chairman of the Dalit Sahitya Academy. He once pulled rickshaws to eke out a living, served as a cook,” the CM stated.

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