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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slams EC over inaction on poll complaints, threatens to move court

The TMC leadership, which has sought re-polling in booth number 7 at Boyal, also claimed that party activists were beaten up by BJP supporters.

By: PTI | Kolkata |
Updated: April 1, 2021 3:36:11 pm
West Bengal Assembly Elections, Mamata BanerjeeWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a polling booth in Nandigram on Thursday. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

Amid incidents of stray violence in the high profile Nandigram constituency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the Election Commission for “inaction” despite her party lodging several poll-related complaints and threatened to move the courts over it.

“We have lodged 63 complaints since morning. But no action has been taken. We will move court over it. This is unacceptable,” the Chief Minister said while sitting on a wheelchair outside booth 7 in Boyal in Nandigram. “The EC is working on the instructions of Amit Shah,” she alleged.

“Goons from other states creating ruckus here,” she added. The TMC chief has been complaining for long alleging that her rivals have brought in goons from other states to intimidate voters.

Banerjee is pitted against her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari, who has crossed over to the BJP for the prestigious Nandigram constituency.

The TMC leadership, which has sought re-polling in booth number 7 at Boyal, also claimed that party activists were beaten up by BJP supporters. Adhikari denied the allegations levelled by the TMC and claimed the ruling party has lost it sensing defeat.

Earlier, as Banerjee reached Boyal, BJP supporters shouted “Jai Shri Ram” slogans. A huge police contingent was rushed to the spot to control the situation after which the crowd was dispersed.

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