LAST UPDATED: March 30, 2021, 4:35 p.m.
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has written to the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday and complained of violation of the model code of conduct during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Bangladesh.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has demanded punitive action against PM Modi.
PM Modi visited Bangladesh on March 26 and 27 to participate in celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, as well as the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
TMC said in its letter that it had no objection to the visit to Bangladesh for official purpose, as India had played an important role in the emancipation of the country. However, the ruling party raised strong objections to PM Modi’s programs in Bangladesh on March 27.
“He had nothing to do with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence or the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. Rather, he went to influence voting in some constituencies in the ongoing elections to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal,” the TMC letter said.
“No Prime Minister has done such immoral and undemocratic acts and violated the model code of conduct by campaigning indirectly for his party from foreign soil.”
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC further asserted that the political motive behind PM Modi’s visit to Orkandi in Bangladesh is “doubly proved” by the fact that he took a BJP MP from West Bengal, Santanu Thakur, with the Indian government who does not hold any official position.
In a letter to the Election Commission, the TMC accused PM Modi of “grossly misusing” its official position to interfere in the election process of West Bengal from foreign soil.
The Trinamool Congress had demanded the Election Commission to take action against them and take “drastic punitive action”.