New Delhi: The Election Fee Thursday night imposed a 24-hour marketing campaign ban on the BJP’s West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh for his “there shall be Sitalkuchi in a number of locations remarks.
The Fee “sternly” warned Mr Ghosh and suggested him to desist from utilizing such statements whereas making public utterances in the course of the interval when the Mannequin Code of Conduct is in power, the order mentioned.
4 folks have been killed in a firing incident by CISF personnel within the Sitalkuchi Meeting seat in the course of the fourth part of polls in West Bengal on Saturday. Officers had mentioned the jawans opened hearth after they got here underneath assault from locals.
The ban on Mr Ghosh shall be in impact from 7 pm April 15 to 7 pm April 16, throughout which he won’t be allowed to marketing campaign.
The order mentioned Mr Ghosh made “extremely provocative and inciteful remarks which might adversely influence regulation and order thereby adversely affecting the election course of”.
The Fee had on Tuesday issued a discover to Mr Ghosh for his alleged remarks after 4 folks have been killed when central forces opened hearth throughout polling at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district.
The Trinamool Congress had approached the Fee towards Ghosh.
The discover cited Mr Ghosh’s alleged remarks that “if somebody crosses his limits then you have got seen what occurred in Sitalkuchi. There shall be Sitalkuchi in a number of locations.”
In his reply to the discover, Mr Ghosh mentioned “election-related violence witnessed in West Bengal is distinctive”.
He alleged in his reply that an atmosphere of worry and intimidation has been created by the leaders of the All India Trinamool Congress jeopardising the conduct of free, truthful and peaceable polls.
Because the state social gathering president, it was his solemn responsibility to face by his social gathering staff and encourage voters to solid the poll with out worry, Mr Ghosh mentioned, including that it was by no means his intention to make any assertion which might be in contravention of the mannequin code, the electoral legal guidelines or the Indian Penal Code.
His assertion was solely directed on the miscreants and anti-socials who create disturbances and negatively influence the upkeep of regulation and order, he advised the panel.
He additionally regretted his remarks.
The high-octane meeting election marketing campaign within the state, the place the BJP and the Trinamool Congress have unleashed a no-holds-barred assault towards one another, has seen the EC clamping down on leaders of each events for his or her objectionable utterances. On Monday, the ballot panel barred West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for twenty-four hours for her remarks towards central forces and an announcement that allegedly had non secular overtones.
On Tuesday, the EC had barred BJP chief Rahul Sinha from campaigning for 48 hours over his “provocative” remarks on the killing of 4 folks in firing by CISF personnel in the course of the Sitalkuchi ballot violence.