True to her avenue fighter picture, Mamata was again on the roads on Sunday, main a TMC march on a wheelchair. She additionally warned her rivals to not write her off, saying an injured tiger is much extra harmful
The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the speedy suspension of two prime officers in West Bengal, together with the chief of safety for Mamata Banerjee and the Purba Medinipur superintendent of police, holding them answerable for the lapse in safety which led to the West Bengal chief minister sustaining injuries on 10 March.
The ballot panel Sunday additionally transferred the Purba Medinipur district Justice of the Peace to a non-election publish. The selections have been taken by the EC after reviewing reviews from the ballot observers and the state authorities.
Mamata, who was campaigning in Nandigram for the upcoming Assembly polls, had sustained extreme accidents in an ankle, shoulder, forearm, and neck on 10 March. Soon after the incident, she had alleged that she was pushed by some unidentified folks.
However, the EC on Sunday additionally acknowledged that there was no pre-meditated ‘assault’ on Mamata, as was claimed by her and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Meanwhile, two days after being discharged from the hospital, Mamata hit the campaign trail on Sunday in a wheelchair.
Leading a roadshow in Kolkata, the West Bengal chief minister was accompanied by senior TMC leaders. Mamata was seen greeting the gang with folded arms, with safety personnel pushing her wheelchair.
Banerjee joined the five-kilometre roadshow from Mayo Road to Hazra More, as a part of ‘Nandigram Diwas’ to commemorate the killing of 14 villagers in police firing through the anti-land acquisition protest in 2007.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrives at Gandhi Murti in Kolkata on a wheelchair. She will maintain a roadshow to Hazra shortly. pic.twitter.com/JnAwDSdyVE
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2021
“We will continue to fight boldly! I’m still in a lot of pain, but I feel the pain of my people even more,” Banerjee tweeted minutes earlier than arriving on the venue.
We will proceed to combat boldly!
I’m nonetheless in a whole lot of ache, however I really feel the ache of my folks much more.
In this combat to guard our revered land, we have now suffered loads and can undergo extra however we’ll NEVER bow all the way down to COWARDICE!
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 14, 2021
EC orders suspension of prime officers, says no pre-meditated assault on CM
The two officers suspended on Sunday included IPS officer Vivek Sahay, director of safety for the West Bengal chief minister and Purba Medinipur superintendent of police Praween Prakash.
Noting the “slack” in safety preparations, the EC mentioned, “Charges must be framed against him (Sahay) within a week for grossly failing in the discharge of his primary duty as Director, Security, to protect the Z+ protectee.”
It mentioned West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, in session with the DGP, is authorised to publish an appropriate director of safety instantly.
The EC additionally changed ex-Purba Medinipur district Justice of the Peace Vibhu Goel with IAS officer Smita Pandey. Pandey will now be the DM and the district election officer, the ballot panel’s assertion mentioned.
The EC additionally directed the framing of fees towards ex-Purba Medinipur SP Prakash for a “major failure” of bandobast. He has been changed by Sunil Kumar Yadav. It additionally mentioned that a committee comprising the chief secretary and the DGP will “identify within the next three days the other proximate security personnel below the Director of Security, who failed in their duties to prevent the incident and protect the Z+ protectee, and take suitable action for their failure…”
Based on the reviews of the ballot observers, Ajay Nayak and Vivek Dube, the EC concluded that Mamata had sustained the accidents prima facie attributable to a lapse on the a part of her safety in-charge, PTI reported, quoted unnamed sources. ResideNews360 has not been capable of independently confirm this info.
PTI additional reported that in his report back to the ballot panel, the chief secretary has mentioned, “It is evident that the presence of police force at the said spot to protect the Z+ protectee, specially during the election time, was not adequate and deployment of additional police personnel at the spot could have averted the incident.”
Bandyopadhyay’s report additionally mentions that “the local police arrangements at the spot of the incident were not commensurate with and adequate for the stature of the protectee.”
“The local police preparedness was not sufficient for dealing with the crowd at the spot. The overall synergy which is required to be established between the Directorate of Security and local or district police was not there,” he wrote, in line with sources.
Special Observers Nayak and Dube of their joint report have noticed that the district administration has the general duty of their jurisdiction for arranging fool-proof safety preparations for a chief minister’s go to.
The district police is required to supply a powerful route bandobast for the journey of the VVIP.
“In fact, when it was expected that the chief minister might visit a temple situated close to the scene of the incident and a separate contingent of police officers and men were deployed at the temple, it begs the question as to why a strong route-bandobast was not provided to stop the crowd from coming close to the chief minister’s vehicle,” the observers’ report mentioned, in line with PTI.
“Obviously, the bandobast arrangements were slack and it led to the unsavoury incident,” it identified.
Citing the report of the DM and the SP, the observers mentioned there have been a number of and frequent adjustments within the tour programme of the chief minister, and subsequently, they needed to take recourse to what they name a “floating security arrangement”.
“This we discover to be weird and is unquestionably not in consonance with the safety protocols prescribed for top dignitaries such because the Chief Minister of West Bengal. The joint report of DM and SP additionally features a report from Kishore Kumar Biswas, the Returning Officer (RO) of the Nandigram Assembly seat, the place he mentions that there was no scheduled occasion at Birulia Bazar, Gholpukhuria beneath Nandigram-I Dev block the place the incident occurred.
“The flippant attitude towards the security of the chief minister exhibited by Vivek Sahay, Director Security, is evident by the fact that he was sitting in the bulletproof (BP) car meant for the VVIP,” the observers famous.
“It is nobody’s case,” their report mentioned, “that the chief minister is known to prefer using a normal vehicle rather than the BP vehicle which is sine qua non for the protection of the VVIP. If the VVIP choose to flout the prescribed security norms/protocols as they seem to consider these to be a hindrance in connecting with their adoring masses, it is incumbent upon the security detail to prevail in such matters lest it should lead to tragic consequences,” Nayak’s and Dube’s report mentioned.
Based on the inputs and the incident, the Commission has now directed that because the safety of star campaigners turns into way more delicate through the election interval, established SoPs, together with advance detailed programme, obligatory permissions to carry rallies or roadshows, must be adopted scrupulously.
“Any deviation from the approved programme should only be permitted after necessary approval,” it mentioned in a press release.
TMC disagrees with EC’s conclusion on Nandigram incident
The TMC mentioned it disagrees with the Election Commission’s commentary that there was no pre-meditated assault on Mamata and demanded a high-level probe into the incident, insisting that the inquiry by election observers lacks credibility.
However, get together spokesperson Sougata Roy expressed satisfaction that the EC famous that there have been safety lapses and took motion towards some officers.
“We disagree with the EC’s observation based on the report of special election observers that there was no attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The report of the election observers lacks credibility and fails to inspire confidence. We reiterate our demand for a high-level probe into the incident,” Roy mentioned.
Reacting to the removing of officers by the EC over safety lapses, Roy mentioned, “It is good that at least they have accepted that there were security lapses.”
“It is a welcome move that the EC has removed the officials over security lapses. At least they have taken some action. We had raised this question as to how there were lapses in the security of the chief minister,” he added.
‘Injured tiger extra harmful’: Mamata at Kolkata roadshow
True to her avenue fighter picture, Mamata was again on the roads on Sunday, 4 days after being injured.
She lead a TMC march on a wheelchair and declared that an injured tiger is much extra harmful.
Banerjee is contesting the high-profile Nandigram seat for the primary time towards former confidante-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari, the sitting MLA, who resigned and converted to the BJP.
Addressing the gathering after the hour-long march, Banerjee mentioned makes an attempt to incapacitate her to cease her from campaigning have failed and asserted she is going to canvass for TMC candidates throughout the state on a wheelchair.
“I have faced a lot of attacks in my life, but I have never surrendered before (to) anyone. I will never bow my head. An injured tiger gets more dangerous,” she asserted.
“Doctors advised me against going out for campaign today. But I felt that I should participate in today’s rally as we have already lost a few days due to my injury. My pain is not greater than the suffering of people as democracy is being trampled through a dictatorship. If I sit at home for such a long time that will serve the agenda of the conspirators. They will be successful,” the TMC chief mentioned.
Banerjee mentioned she selected Hazra as the purpose to finish the Kolkata rally as she had been subjected to “many physical attacks at this spot” in her political profession.
TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, her nephew, mentioned firstly of the rally his get together won’t bow earlier than “outsiders” and asserted she is going to win the election battle it doesn’t matter what challenges are thrown earlier than her.
He additionally urged folks to place up a united combat towards the CPM and its ally, the Congress, and claimed that the communist regime had perpetrated atrocities on the poor farmers of the state, citing the Nandigram motion of 2007.
“We will not bow before the BJP, we will not bow before the outsiders,” he asserted.
Shouting slogans equivalent to ‘Modi babu ashe Modi babu Jay, Bangla nijer meyeke chay‘ (PM Modi could come and go, Bengal needs its daughter to rule the state), the Diamond Harbour MP mentioned, “Despite her serious foot injury, our leader has joined the rally. She will conquer the battle with her broken foot.”
Carrying posters and placards hailing Banerjee because the “daughter of Bengal”, TMC supporters raised slogans towards the BJP and referred to as for “defeating the outsiders” within the Assembly elections.
The TMC activists additionally chanted the slogan “Bhanga Paye Khela Hobe!” (Will play with a damaged leg), a reference to Banerjee’s leg harm.
BJP broadcasts candidates for Bengal polls
Meanwhile, the BJP Sunday announced its list of candidates for the third and fourth phases of the West Bengal Assembly election, due on 6 and 10 April, respectively. The saffron get together additionally launched names for the Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam polls on Sunday.
The get together, which is searching for to take management in West Bengal by ousting the incumbent TMC authorities within the state, has fielded 63 candidates for the third and fourth part of elections. Of these, 27 names are for the third part and 36 candidates are for the fourth part.
In West Bengal, it has fielded former chief financial adviser to the federal government Ashok Lahiri from the Alipurduar seat, Union minister Babul Supriyo from Tollygunge, and Swapan Dasgupta from the Tarakeshwar Assembly section.
Actor-turned-politician and sitting MP Locket Chatterjee has been fielded from Chunchura, whereas one other MP Nishit Parmanik from Dinhata.
TMC turncoat Rajib Banerjee will contest the election from the Domjur constituency as a BJP candidate.
With inputs from PTI
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