WHILE TRINAMOOL Congress’ Anubrata Mondal and Abdur Rezzak Mollah on Friday replied to the Election Commission’s (EC) showcause notices, accusing them of violation of the model code of conduct, CPM’s Mohammed Salim — also sent the same notice — is yet to respond. It was learnt that while Mollah had expressed regret in his reply, Mondal had claimed the voice in the purported audio clip was not his.
The EC on Thursday had issued showcause notices against the three leaders. “We have received the replies from Mondal and Mollah, which we are examining,” Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Amitjyoti Bhattacharjee said.
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He added: Mohammeed Salim is yet to respond… The deadline to reply to the notice was 8 pm today… The EC will be informed and it would take necessary action.”
Meanwhile, senior CPM leader Rabin Deb, while leaving after meeting the CEO on Friday, told mediapersons: “Since the CPM had lodged complaints against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool vice-president Mukul Roy, the EC, in a balancing act, had sent a notice to Salim as well, which lacks substance.” He added that Salim might take 48 or 72 hours to reply to the EC notice as he had sought legal opinion.
“CPM Politburo members Sitaram Yechury and D Raja will lodge complaints alleging that some state officials from the CEO office were acting in a motivated manner,” Deb said.
Mondal, the Birbhum district president of Trinamool, has been in the news for making “controversial” comments. On Thursday, actor-turned-BJP leader Locket Chatterjee filed a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer against Mondal. He had allegedly said that if people are intending to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming Assembly elections, they should not be allowed to vote at all.
Meanwhile, Mollah had been showcaused for allegedly making instigating remarks to party workers during campaign. He has been fielded by Trinamool from Bhangar in South 24-Parganas district.
Salim, on the other hand, had allegedly called Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a thief in a recent public meeting.