Mamata holds protest against EC order

Chennai: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today staged a dharna to protest the Election Commission’s decision to ban her from campaigning for 24 hours.

She staged the protest against what she called the Election Commission of India’s ‘unconstitutional decision’ to bar her from campaigning for 24 hours in the ongoing State assembly polls.

The poll panel’s order had come after Banerjee’s remarks against central forces and a statement which had alleged religious overtones.

In its order against Banerjee, the EC cited her repeated jibes against the central forces questioning their political neutrality, and her appeal to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties.

The EC order drew sharp reactions from the TMC and even rivals CPM and Congress. The TMC will also meet the Election Commission on Tuesday evening with complaints.


NT Bureau