Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee has accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of trying to influence the West Bengal Election 2021 in favour of the BJP through the central paramilitary forces.
Mamata Banerjee gave the statement after being trapped for a couple of hours inside a polling booth in the Boyal area of Nandigram constituency.
“I’m sorry Election Commission and Amit Shah, please control your goons who are heckling woman journalists in rallies. I can’t reveal what I discussed with the Election observer and governor, it’s confidential. I haven’t seen such a bad election,” Mamata Banerjee said.
“I am not blaming the jawans of the paramilitary forces. We are proud of them. I want to ask question Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” she added.
When asked if any FIR will be lodged over allegations of booth rigging at Boyal polling booth, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “we will check all footage of the polling booth and take appropriate steps.”
“I have given 63 complaints to the Election Commission but they are not taking any action because they are taking instructions from the Union Home Ministry,” she added.
Nandigram saw widespread scenes of violence during the second phase of the West Bengal Election 2021.
The polling booth at the government school in Boyal saw violence since morning when the Trinamool Congress (TMC) polling agent was allegedly chased away by BJP workers.
Later, when West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the booth, she was trapped inside for a long time as BJP and TMC workers clashed outside even as paramilitary forces and the police tried to control the situation.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of bringing in people from outside West Bengal to commit violence during the election. She also accused the central paramilitary forces of acting according to orders from the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah.
Mamata Banerjee also called up West Bengal governor Japdeep Dhankar from the spot and informed him about the situation. The TMC chief also accused the BJP of committing massive false voting in the area.
She was later evacuated from the area by the paramilitary forces and the local police.
However, local BJP workers who had been gathered outside the polling booth were quoted as saying by news channel ABP Ananda that Mamata Banerjee had brought people from outside the area to create trouble.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh refuted Mamata Banerjee’s alleges and accused the TMC chief of fomenting violence.
Voting is being held in 8 phases in West Bengal
In the first phase of 294 seats in West Bengal, votes were cast in 30 seats on March 27. On April 1 in 30 seats in the second phase, on April 31 in the third phase, on April 6, in the fourth phase 44 seats on April 10, in the fifth phase 45 seats on April 17, in the sixth phase 43 seats on April 22.
In the seventh phase, votes will be cast in 36 seats on April 26 and in the eighth phase on April 29 on 35 seats. While the votes will be counted on May 2. West Bengal had 77,413 election centers in 2016, now 1,01,916 election centers have been set up here.
This time the state is witnessing a triangular contest between the ruling TMC, the Congress-Left alliance and the BJP.