She lay on a hospital mattress, her left foot in plaster solid strung to an iron stand, however an “immobilised” Mamata Banerjee on Thursday had West Bengal in ferment as supporters of her ruling TMC and rival BJP clashed over the alleged assault on her in Nandigram the day earlier than. The BJP demanded a CBI inquiry over the alleged assault to determine if the incident was “staged”, whereas a high-level TMC delegation met the Chief Electoral Officer of the state and insisted the Election Commission can’t absolve itself of culpability, insisting that sustaining legislation and order was the EC’s duty as soon as the election has been introduced.
Responding to the celebration’s allegations, the Election Commission on Thursday despatched a strongly-worded letter to the Trinamool Congress saying it seems to be “undignified to even reply” to allegations that the ballot panel is doing issues in the state on the behest of a “explicit celebration”. The EC stated on the outset, it must be acknowledged that accidents sustained by Banerjee in Nandigram “is certainly an unlucky incident and deserves to be inquired into with promptitude and dispatch.”
“It is totally incorrect to counsel that the Election Commission has taken over the legislation and order equipment in the state in the identify of conducting elections and appropriated the entire governance construction, the ballot panel stated. “This nearly tantamounts to undermine the very basis of the Constitution of India, probably the most sacrosanct doc in a democratic polity. The Commission doesn’t applicable or take over the day-to-day governance of any state together with West Bengal…,” the letter by Rakesh Kumar, Secretary, EC, reads.
The Election Commission had on Tuesday ordered the removing of Virendra because the Director-General of Police of poll-bound West Bengal with fast impact, and appointed P Nirajnayan in his place, a transfer that the TMC recommended resulted in the Nandigram incident.
‘I’ll handle in a wheelchair’
Meanwhile, Banerjee, who was ‘heckled’ and acquired extreme accidents on her left leg in Nandigram whereas stepping into her automotive after interacting with the native villagers in Birulia Bazar in East Midnapore, has determined to deal with sequence of public conferences in a wheelchair in the approaching few days relying on her well being state of affairs.
Party insiders stated that Mamata determined to deal with public conferences in a wheelchair from March 16 onwards regardless of having a number of accidents on her ankle and shoulder. “Our slogan might be khela hobe bhanga pai (we’ll play with damaged legs),” he stated.
‘Khela Hobe’ slogan written by TMC chief Debangshu Bhattacharya grew to become fashionable and it went viral in West Bengal’s politics.
Earlier, she has deliberate to carry public rallies at varied locations from March 13 onwards however medical doctors have suggested her full mattress relaxation for the following two days.
“She might be beneath remark for the following two days and solely after that, we’ll counsel whether or not she might be launched or not. But she must take utmost precautions whereas going into public locations in a wheelchair,” a senior physician at SSKM College and Hospital stated.
As per the earlier schedule, the TMC had deliberate the primary two conferences in Purulia’s Baghmundi and Balarampur on March 13. On March 14, it was determined that she’s going to handle three public conferences in Bankura’s Saltora, Chhatna and in Raipur. On March 15, her schedule was deliberate for a public assembly in Jhargram.
Similarly, on March 16 and 17, six public conferences in West Midnapore (Garbeta, Keshiary, and Kalaikunda) and in East Midnapore (Tamluk, Egra and Patashpur) have been deliberate however now all her political programmes have been placed on maintain until additional recommendation from the medical doctors.
On Thursday, she issued a video assertion whereas mendacity on a hospital mattress, requesting individuals to remain calm and to not indulge in any legislation and order violation. She stated, “I want to request my beloved brothers and sisters to take care of peace and keep wholesome. Please don’t do something which is able to have an effect on the traditional life. I want to inform my celebration employees and customary those who I really acquired accidents on my left heel and ankle. There are minor gentle tissue and ligament accidents. I acquired accidents in my head, proper shoulder and proper forearm.”
While recalling yesterday’s incident, she stated, “I used to be standing on the rear seat with my physique exterior to greet the individuals. Suddenly, the door slammed shut on my toes and I acquired accidents. Then, I complained of chest ache and had medicines that I used to be carrying. In the approaching two to 3 days I might be again to satisfy my individuals. I’ll handle with the assistance of a wheelchair regardless of my accidents. I don’t need to waste my conferences (political). In this time of disaster, I would like cooperation from my individuals.”
Meanwhile, a parliamentary delegation of the TMC will meet Election Commission officers in Delhi on Friday to boost considerations over the incident which left West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee severely injured.
TMC Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee stated, “The legislation and order state of affairs in Bengal was good. But after the announcement of elections legislation and order develop into the duty of the EC. The EC eliminated the DGP of the state police and the very subsequent day she was attacked.”
He claimed that the assault was a ‘deep-rooted conspiracy’ towards Mamata Banerjee to forestall her from assembly individuals forward of the essential polls.
TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien whereas explaining the chronology of occasions which might be resulting in conspiracy angle towards Mamata, stated, “On March 9, the Election Commission modified the state Director General of Police. Follow the chronology fastidiously. On March 10, a BJP MP posted on social media – ‘aap samajh jayenge, 5 pm ke baad kya hone wala hai’ (you’ll perceive what is going to occur after 5 PM) and it occurred to Mamata Didi at 6 pm. The chronology is pointing in the direction of a conspiracy and we demand a high-level probe. Those accountable for the incident is not going to be spared.”
Some TMC leaders are additionally linking the incident with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion at Brigade Parade floor on March 7, the place he had stated, “I don’t need anybody harm however what can we do if Didi’s scooty is destined to fall in Nandigram (East Midnapore).”
PM Modi referring to a latest incident when Mamata Banerjee misplaced steadiness whereas using a scooty in protest towards diesel and petrol worth hike in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, the celebration has postponed the discharge of its manifesto for the upcoming elections in West Bengal, following the ‘assault’ on the Chief Minister.