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Cong, Oppn to move EC against TMC over Rajnath Singh’s morphed picture

West Bengal 2016 Updated: Apr 24, 2016 14:22 IST
Trinamool Congress

TMC supporters participate in an election campaign for the upcoming assembly polls at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district.(PTI)

CPI(M) and Congress hit out at Trinamool Congress on Sunday over the use of an alleged morphed picture of Union home minister Rajnath Singh, accusing it of bringing down electioneering to a “new low” in the state. Both parties said that complaints will be filed with police and the Election Commission in this regard.

BJP too has said it will file a complaint with police over the morphed photo.

CPI(M) and Congress accused the TMC of making a “desperate attempt” to brush aside charges of a “match-fixing” between TMC and BJP.

“We will lodge police complaints both in Kolkata and in New Delhi. We will also move EC. This morphed image is a guilt conscience of TMC. As a match-fixing between both the parties have come to fore, TMC is taking those desperate steps,” CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu told PTI.

CPI(M) Politburo member Mohammed Salim termed the use of a morphed image as “criminal offence”.

Senior Congress leader and MP Pradip Bhattacharya described it as a “shameful incident” and a desperate attempt by TMC in wake of allegations of “political match-fixing” between TMC and BJP over Saradha scam.

The Congress leader termed it as a “new low” in the history of electioneering in West Bengal.

The Trinamool Congress, following a press conference by its national spokesperson Derek O’Brien, had on Sunday posted two videos and six pictures on its website.

The party, however, removed Rajnath Singh’s morphed picture from its website after controversy.

“...along with these two videos, six pictures were posted on our party website, out of which one had shown Rajnath Singh offering sweets to Prakash Karat. This picture was there on our website for quite some time. But as soon as we came to know that the picture is morphed, we removed it. We have apologised. The matter should end there,” Brien had told PTI.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted, “A picture is worth 1000 words and morphing pictures? That is a sign of sheer panic before TMC’s impending loss.”

Reacting to the incident, Karat said, “I have not got any opportunity of meeting Rajnath Singh ever. It is a patently false picture.”

A TMC statement later on said, “Two videos & 6 pics were shown at our press conference. We removed one pic immediately when our research team learnt it was photoshopped.”