We have control over EC: Bengal BJP leader

“In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there was rampant rigging by the TMC. We have control over the Election Commission now and there will be military assistance, ” Joy Banerjee said.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 21, 2015 8:18 am

BJP leader Joy Banerjee said Sunday that his party has “control over the Election Commission” and that it would ensure there were enough central forces to oversee the poll process in West Bengal next year. He said if the BJP won the Bihar polls, they would “run a bulldozer in Bengal” in the next elections.

Addressing a rally at Mayureshwar in Birbhum, the actor-turned-politician said, “In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there was rampant rigging by the TMC. In the Assembly elections next year, things will be different. We have control over the Election Commission now and there will be military assistance.”

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“Please pray that we win in the Bihar elections. If we win, we will run bulldozer over Bengal. The central leadership has assured us,” he said.

He later told The Indian Express: “I made that statement because I got swayed by emotions. I said so because I had seen rigging in Birbhum villages in the 2014 polls. Although we were promised police security, not a single personnel came forward to stop booth capturing by TMC.”

The BJP distanced itself from his remarks. BJP secretary in charge of Bengal Sidharathnath Singh said: “Election Commission under any party’s control is against democracy. The BJP respects EC’s autonomy and its resolve in strengthening India’s democracy.” In a statement, the state BJP said: “Whatever he stated is entirely his personal opinion which the party does not support. Our state president Rahul Sinha cautioned him and he regretted his comments.”

State Election Commissioner S R Upadhyaya said, “I have not heard his statement, so I am not in a position to comment now.”

[INPUTS FROM ENS, NEW DELHI]

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    Kamalakanta
    Sep 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm
    Foolishly Jay spoke the real plan ( ) There was no other political party , so revengeful
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      Bhuvi
      Sep 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm
      I guess the truth is out. Otherwise, why would someone make such a bold claim.
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        Richard Nicholas
        Sep 21, 2015 at 7:24 am
        A most dangerous statement from bjp in Bengal but at the centre? If this is even remotely true then maan ki baat permitted and the BJP statement gets us thinking about the EC and its role throughout the years when we do believe that the EC of India is A clean,unilateral and thinking democracy insution! From now on will the SC take cognisance?
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          sadiq
          Sep 21, 2015 at 10:33 am
          Why only on EC, dear you have now control on everything............ Keep dancing with the death of democracy...
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            S Kumar
            Sep 21, 2015 at 11:48 am
            True to their ideology of Fascism, BJP/RSS has been actively making moves this direction. This is in addition to its saffronisation moves in education, culture and reservation issues..But if they deviate from their stated goals of development ( prior to elections in may, 2014) they will be defeated in the same vigour they won by misleading the youth and the people!!
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