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Minutes after the Election Commission announced its unprecedented step of cutting short poll campaigning in the state by 24 hours, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a news briefing and attacked the Election Commission (EC) and the Supreme Court. She also appealed to the voters to vote-out Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power.
In an attack to the Supreme Court, citing its refusal to interfere in Election Commission-related matters, she said: "Where will we go if nobody listens? Where is democracy?"
She then went on to attack the Election Commission on its decision to cut short the campaign in West Bengal following the poll violence in the six phases. She alleged that EC is trying to help the BJP:
"What does the EC think? That they can make the BJP win? That they can make Modi win? Bengal won't tolerate this.Why don't you showcause Narendra Modi and Amit Shah? Will you only do what the BJP tells you? The Opposition also has a space in the country," WB CM Banerjee said.
Appealing the voters to not vote for Prime Minister Modi, she said in the press conference:
"On 19 wherever there is an election, Bihar UP and Bengal, I will request every person, the way Narendra Modi has insulted me, I counter whatever he says, I can't even counter what he says, I don't have freedom of expression? My voice is not free, why can't I talk? I don't have the right? There is no freedom of the press? Does nobody have the right to speak? This is how the country will work?"
She then added making an appeal to the voters not to vote for the BJP:
"Don't give any vote to him (PM Modi). My sisters, brothers, young people, I request Modi ko Hatao (Remove Modi), Modi ko desh se nikal do election k through (Drag him out of the country through your votes). Don't vote for him. They(BJP) have slandered Bengal by breaking the statue of Vidyasagar and the Election Commission has given Narendra Modi and Amit Shah a prize after vandalising. Don't give one vote to the BJP."
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