Trinamool moves EC, seeks action against PM Modi over horse-trading charges at Sreerampur

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 30 April 2019, 02:18 PM
In its letter, the Trinamool Congress has said that the
In its letter, the Trinamool Congress has said that the "PM is encouraging horse trading, by hinting that the members of the AITC will cross over to the BJP, and using this lie to influence the voters and using this lie to persuade the voters." (File pho

The Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission alleging violation of the Model Code of Conduct by PM Narendra Modi at a rally in West Bengal’s Sreerampur on Monday. It also demanded that the PM be asked for evidence in support of his statement, failing which his nomination should be cancelled. Attacking the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, PM Modi had claimed that “40 Trinamool Congress lawmakers” were in touch with him. In an open warning, PM Modi claimed that these lawmakers will leave Mamata’s side on May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha Elections are declared. Addressing a rally Bengal’s Srirampur, PM Modi said that, “Didi, on 23 May when the results will come, lotus will bloom everywhere and your MLAs will leave you. Even today, Didi, 40 of your MLAs are in contact with me.”

In its letter, the Trinamool Congress has said that the "PM is encouraging horse trading, by hinting that the members of the AITC will cross over to the BJP, and using this lie to influence the voters and using this lie to persuade the voters." The letter written on Monday also read, "You are thus requested to ask PM Narendra Modi for evidence in support of his statement, failing which his nomination should be cancelled for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making such provocative and undemocratic statements."

This is for the first time that Prime Minister has made such a claim, though he has attacked the Trinamool chief regularly. On April 24, Prime Minister had taken a jibe at the Trinamool Congress Chief her "sticker Didi" who labels central welfare schemes as those of her own government. Modi had in his earlier poll meetings in the state called Banerjee, who is among his fiercest critics, "speed breaker Didi" for allegedly blocking implementation of central schemes in the state. He often refers to Banerjee as Didi.

"Speedbreaker Didi is also sticker Didi. She just puts a sticker on central schemes like free electricity or ration for the people to claim that these benefits are from the state government," he said at a rally at Ranaghat in the border district of Nadia. He claimed that Banerjee has betrayed the people of Bengal, who gave her "so much trust and respect" and the the reason why the electorate had voted the Left out of power and supported has not been fulfilled by her yet.

Banerjee had swept to power in 2011 after defeating the Left Front who had been in power for 34 long years in the state.

First Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 02:13 PM
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