In retaliation for the accusation, the TMC additionally launched an audio tape accusing BJP chief Mukul Roy of discussing how you can ‘affect’ the EC with get together member Shishir Bajoria
Kolkata: An argument erupted on Saturday amid the polling for 30 Assembly seats in West Bengal, with the BJP releasing an audio clip the place Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is purportedly heard cajoling a saffron get together chief from Nandigram to rejoin the TMC and assist
her win the seat.
The state’s ruling TMC reacted sharp and fast, additionally releasing audio tape the place BJP nationwide vice chairman Mukul Roy is allegedly heard telling industrialist and get together chief Shishir Bajoria about how you can affect the ballot panel.
Mamata is pitted towards her former protege and present BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, the seat which was the spring board that propelled her to energy in 2011, dislodging the Left Front authorities after a 34-year unbroken rule.
A BJP delegation, led by get together basic secretary and Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya, met the state’s chief electoral officer and handed over the tape, claiming Mamata was misusing her official place to affect the result of the bitterly-contested Assembly ballot.
The ruling TMC questioned the genuineness of the audio tape, however asserted that since Pralay Pal was a former TMC chief who converted to the BJP, there was nothing mistaken with the chief minister attempting to woo him again.
Hours later, the TMC launched to media an audio clip of the purported dialog between Roy and Bajoria. Roy is heard telling Bajoria to persuade the Election Commission to permit polling brokers, even from exterior a given constituency, to be perform in any respect polling stations.
Polling brokers of events, underneath the existent guidelines, are allowed solely at cubicles in localities the place they usually reside.
“See, we have to include this point while meeting the EC. We have to say that this rule that polling agents can only be deputed in their localities should be changed. The only criteria should be that the person is a citizen of the state. The BJP won’t be able to have its agents in a large number of booths otherwise,” Roy purportedly advised Bajoria.
The TMC reacted angrily, with its spokesperson Kunal Ghosh insisting the audio clip had “blown the lid off” the nexus between the BJP and the Election Commission.
Earlier within the day, Pal, who pledged his allegiance to the Adhikari household, whose two members are nonetheless TMC Lok Sabha MPs, claimed Mamata personally known as him up and requested for assist to win the Nandigram seat.
“You should help us win Nandigram. Look, I know you have some grievances, but that’s due mostly to the Adhikaris who never allowed me to get into Nandigram or East Midnapore. I will take care of everything henceforth,” she purportedly advised Pal, a BJP official in East Midnapore, the district the place the Adhikari household holds sway.
Pal, nevertheless, didn’t agree, PTI reported. ResideNews360 couldn’t independently confirm the authenticity of the audio clips.
“Didi, you called me and I am honoured. But I can’t betray the Adhikaris as they have stood by me through thick and thin,” he was heard saying within the audio clip.
He later advised TV information channels that Mamata known as him up and requested him to return to the TMC, a proposal he declined. “I am now working for the BJP and can’t betray them,” mentioned Pal.
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