Hours after the announcement of Election Commission cutting short election campaigning in West Bengal for 24 hours, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a news briefing on Wednesday evening. During the press briefing, the Trinamool chief launched an attack at the poll body over cutting short the timing for the election campaigning, demanding action to be taken against PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
She further asked the Election Commission a series of question alleging that if the poll body has the law in its hands, then she also has recordings and the law. The West Bengal CM further alleged that the Election Commission does whatever the Bharatiya Janata Party tells it.
"I want to ask the Election Commission, why don't you showcause Narendra Modi, why don't you showcause Amit Shah. Can you only attack us because you do whatever BJP tells you? I respect you, but you also must show respect to others. You don't give me respect, take any action against me, what will you do to me? Will you send me to jail? What will you do? Showcause? If you have the law in your hands, we have also recorded everything. I also have the law," Mamata Banerjee said.
She went on to ask the Election Commission on why did it cut short the campaign timings, stating that people of Bengal are not happy with the decision. She further urged the people to not vote for BJP and PM Modi alleging that BJP has slandered Bengal.
"I asked the Election Commission before this one, why did this happen? They said I don't know how this happened. This never happens. There's one more thing, upto 6 o'clock on 17, it was the time of the people to meet their candidates. It was the last time for the candidate to the campaign. How do you deprive it? Why have you done this? You will not get any benefit in this? The people of Bengal are very angry after this. The people of Bengal will respond to this. The people of the country will also reply in this. On 19th, wherever there is an election, Bihar, UP and Bengal, I would like to request the people that Narendra Modi who has insulted us, disrespect us. Am I not allowed to speak now? Is there no Freedom of Press? Don't give any vote to Modi. 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," Ms Banerjee added.