“EC should rename MCC as Modi Code of Conduct! BJP can use all its might but NOTHING in this world can stop me from being with my people and sharing their pain. They can restrict me from visiting my brothers and sisters in Cooch Behar for 3 days but I WILL be there on the 4th day!” Banerjee tweeted.
EC should rename MCC as Modi Code of Conduct!BJP can use all its might but NOTHING in this world can stop me from… https://t.co/xHgGdYSZBc
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1618112862000
In an unprecedented order, the EC on Saturday barred the entry of leaders of all political parties in the geographical limits of Cooch Behar district for the next 72 hours citing ‘law and order’ concerns. The EC also extended the ‘silence period’ for the next phase of polling in Bengal, due on April 17, to 72 hours from 48 hours.
The EC direction, issued by invoking the commission’s plenary powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, came hours after Sitalkuchi, one of the nine assembly constituencies that constitute Cooch Behar district, witnessed firing by CISF personnel on a violent mob during polling on Saturday, which left four people dead.
Mamata Banerjee had said that she will hold a protest rally in Cooch Behar on Sunday against the firing incident and visit the homes of the deceased.
The EC decision seemed to have been taken to prevent political parties and leaders whipping up emotions in the area. Even though polls are over in the district, the possible repercussions for remaining phases have been kept in mind.
The poll panel on Saturday asked the state chief secretary and DGP, as also district magistrate and SP of Cooch Behar, to take all steps, including making visits themselves, deputing senior officers and sending reinforcements of central/ state forces to ensure compliance of EC directions “in letter as well as in spirit”.
Trinamool Congress has alleged that Central Forces opened fire twice at polling booths in Cooch Behar where people are casting their votes, killing four party workers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his sadness over the incident. He urged the EC to strongly deal with those responsible for what happened in Cooch Behar.
The next phase of the elections will take place on April 17.