Mamata takes on EC again, says good cops are being transferred

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2016 17:00 IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

A day after she was served a showcause notice by the Election Commission of India (ECI), chief minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the poll watchdog for transferring ‘good police officers’.

The ECI on Thursday served Banerjee a notice over her speech in Asansol, during which she stated that Asansol will be made a separate district. Later in the evening, the ECI transferred Birbhum police superintendent Mukesh Kumar and officers-in-charge of Mayureshwar, Labhpur and Bolpur police stations of the same district.

“They (ECI) have transferred three OCs (officer in charge). They are transferring ICs (inspector in charge), police officers. Good police officers are being transferred… They (ECI) are thinking that by doing all this they will break the morale of the police officers. But this will only make them unified and organized,” said Mamata Banerjee during a party meeting in Chapra, Nadia. The public meeting was held in support of Trinamool Congress candidate Rukbanur Rehman.

“We are not scared of such threats. We will take on any opposition for each inch of ground. The opposition, BJP, Congress and CPIM has joined hands against us. They are aware they will lose in the polls,” said Mamata Banerjee.

Meanwhile, opposition leaders targeted Mamata Banerjee on Friday after her speech. “She is once again challenging the ECI. Action should be taken against her for this,” said Abdul Mannan, senior state Congress leader.

“ECI has given a breather to Mamata Banerjee, showcausing her for a petty issue. There are far more serious examples of model code of conduct violations by her,” said Suryakanta Mishra CPIM state secretary said.

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