West Bengal: Election Commission issues show cause notice to Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violation of the model code of conduct, Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi said on Thursday.

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

"It has been brought to our notice that she made a promise of creation of Asansol district and also made certain other utterances, for which the showcause has been issued," Zaidi told the media.

"She also made some other utterances which violated the model code of conduct," he said.

Zaidi informed that future course of action will be decided after receiving reply from Banerjee.

An unfazed Banerjee, however, dared the Commission and said, "Do whatever you like".

"I heard that Election Commission has showcaused me. What I have said I will say it again, I will say it thousand times. I will say it a lakh times. Do whatever you like. If anyone spread canards against me I will seek answers," she said during an election meeting in Birbhum district.

"Election Commission has showcaused me on Bengali New Year today, people will showcause them on 19 May," she said.

The full bench of the Election Commission of India held day-long meetings with police and administration officials and also met delegations from various political parties ahead of the third phase of the state assembly polls scheduled for 17 April.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Apr 15, 2016 07:34 AM

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