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Complaints of election code violation pour in

Staff Reporter

CPI(M), Trinamool lodge complaints against each other


Trinamool Congress has not removed banners featuring its leaders

Poll panel inquiring into the allegation


Kolkata: Complaints of violation of the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct continued to pour in at the State's Chief Electoral Officer's office on Friday with both the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Trinamool Congress lodging complaints against each other.

According to Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta, a complaint was filed by the CPI(M) where it alleged that the Trinamool Congress has violated the code of conduct by not removing several cut-outs, banners and hoarding featuring its leaders from premises of public enterprises – even three days after the announcement of Assembly election dates.

“We have taken note of the complaint and an inquiry is on to verify it. If the complaint is found to be true, stern action will be taken against the concerned political party and its leaders,” Mr. Gupta said.

The second complaint has been lodged by the Trinamool Congress to the effect that some members of the Left-backed Democratic Youth Federation of India were campaigning over loudspeakers about a forthcoming spectacles-distribution event by the Sundarban Affairs Minister Kanti Ganguly.

Mr. Gupta said: “The complaint said that DYFI members were campaigning over loudspeakers about an impending spectacle-distribution event by Mr. Ganguly on March 5 at Nalua village in the State's South 24 Parganas district.

Acting on our query, the District Magistrate has confirmed about the incident. While the campaigning was immediately stopped, a case of violation of Model Code of Conduct will be soon started against the persons involved.”

The State Election Commission had received two major complaints of poll code violation on the very day after the election dates were announced on March 1.

While one complaint accused the Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta of signing and passing important files till late of March 1, the other alleged that handbills highlighting the Minister for Environment & Parliamentary Affairs Sailen Sarkar's achievements were distributed along with newspapers in the Malda district.

The Election Commission has already sought a detailed report following an inquiry in the complaint involving Mr. Dasgupta from the State Government.

“We had received an official communication from the commission on Thursday and it has been forwarded to the Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh,” Mr. Gupta said.

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