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TMC counter: BJP violated code, poll panel must act

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  • The TMC released videos to claim that ‘BJP goons’ damaged the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
  • Derek O’ Brien said: “The video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves that its chief Amit Shah is a liar and dhokebaaz”
  • One of the videos shows a group of men purportedly trying to break down the gate of the Vidyasagar College and enter the campus by jumping over its walls
TMC counter: BJP violated code, poll panel must act
TMC MP Derek O’ Brien with party leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy in New Delhi. Mukesh Aggarwal

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15

A delegation of the Trinamool Congress’ Rajya Sabha MPs today approached the Election Commission (EC)against the BJP’s alleged act of vitiating atmosphere ahead of the final phase of elections in West Bengal.

The TMC delegation, led Derek O’Brien, complained that the BJP violated EC’s model code of conduct during its party president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata yesterday.

“The BJP goons from outside West Bengal vandalised the statue of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, a 19th century educationist, reformer and a key figure of Bengal Renaissance, in a college during Amit Shah’s roadshow. Vidyasagar is a cultural icon of the state and his memories strike an emotional chord with people of the state,” the TMC delegation told the EC.

“We have also told the EC that the Central forces’ personnel deployed for election duty in West Bengal are playing a partisan role in favour of the BJP,” Brien said.

The leaders submitted video clippings to support their case and sought EC intervention against “undemocratic” tactics of the BJP.

Addressing mediapersons, the leaders claimed that the poll panel had given permission only for Shah’s roadshow but the BJP had put up posters on government buildings, which was unauthorised and were removed.


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