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TMC is ready to move Apex Court against EC after polls, says Mamata Banerjee

TMC will move the Supreme Court against Election Commission of India after the West Bengal assembly polls are over, party chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said.

 

She said, the ECI with the ruling party repeatedly accusing the poll panel of working at the behest of the BJP-led government at the Centre. Both the BJP and the commission have refuted such charges.

 

In a Whatsapp group, ECI observers were instructing district officials and state police to arrest TMC goons and keep them in preventive detention. They are saying ‘as per plan’. TMC workers have been given the name of ‘trouble mongers’. I have decided to move the SC to ensure elections are held impartially in future,” said Banerjee at a virtual press conference, adding that she has the transcript of the chats.

 

These officials are giving orders to detain our men the night before polls and keep them in custody till the next day. I have seen their WhatsApp conversations; they were given to me by a reporter.

 

Banerjee said, I’ve decided to move to the Supreme Court to ensure elections are held impartially in future.” She directed party workers to gherao police stations if any TMC worker is “illegally” arrested before elections.

 

A report says, earlier this month, the ECI had imposed a ban on the TMC chief for urging people to gherao the central forces.