MATHABHANGA (COOCH BEHAR): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre on Tuesday of “running the polls with goons and guns”. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi has even surpassed Donald Trump while doing that, Banerjee said at an election rally in Cooch Behar’s Mathabhanga.
Referring to Modi’s jibe that the TMC chief had changed her stance over the years and was now casting aspersions on the security forces, Banerjee said: “Yes, Mr Prime Minister, I respect central forces, but only if they are neutral.”
Central forces involved in atrocities against people, including women, are not above the law and will face action, she said. The CM also urged people to lodge FIRs and move the EC for any excesses committed by central forces. Alleging that of the seven-eight people killed since the polls were announced, four were Trinamool workers, Banerjee said, “You keep citing the Bengal panchayat polls, but not so many people lost their lives during that election.”
She urged the EC to take note of the way the polls are being conducted. “Democracy is being abused and throttled here. Kintu goondami kore jetah jay na (You can’t win elections by hooliganism),” she said.
“Realising that they will lose all the 31 seats that went to the polls today, they have unleashed terror. They have beaten up my party candidates, one of them a Scheduled Caste woman. Central forces are intimidating people saying, ‘ BJP ko vote nahi diya to dekh lenge’What will you see? You are here for a few days. I urge people to lodge FIRs against these personnel and their local commandants. We will probe under whose instructions they are doing this. They are here to help maintain law and order, not to snatch votes,” the Trinamool chief said.
“Nearly 100 complaints (against central forces) have been lodged. Each one of them will be probed. I have been an MP seven times. I have seen central forces work during elections under several prime ministers. I have never (before) seen central forces threaten people and indulge in electoral malpractices. And now they have even started beating up people,” she said.