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BJP delegation meets EC, complains against Rahul & poll violence in WB

4/29/2019

New Delhi, A BJP delegation comprising Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and party leaders GVL Narasimha Rao and Nalin Kohli on Monday met Election Commission and raised the issue of continued poll violence in West Bengal and also about certain remarks made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been making baseless charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had wrongly given reference to Supreme Court order and called Prime Minister a 'chor (thief). Recently, he targeted BJP chief Amit Shah has also called him a murder accused," Mr Naqvi later told reporters. Such statements are clearly "violation of Model Code of Conduct", he said adding, "in fact such remarks are in clear violation of election laws and would come under the provisions of corrupt practices". "Most of the statements fall under the category of unverified allegation," he said and maintained the Congress party and its president (Mr Gandhi) has crossed all decency and boundaries of 'falsehood'. Mr Naqvi also said that the saffron party delegation also raised the issue of poll violence in West Bengal. "We have asked deputation of central forces at all polling booths so that free and fair elections can be held in the state," Mr Naqvi said. In the crucial fourth phase of polling on Monday to eight parliamentary segments, there were reports of violence and arson in various places including in Asansol. Union Minister and BJP nominee Babul Supriyo's car was vandalised outside a polling booth in Asansol where he is pitted against Trinamool nominee Moon Moon Sen and CPI-M candidate Gourango Chatterjee. In the interiors of Nadia and Krishnanagar regions, crude bombs have been recovered, reports said and television footage showed group clashes and violent argument in various places. With Monday's polls - elections will be over in 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal. On Monday voting is taking place in Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman–Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum. In Baharampur, senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is locked in what is seen as a prestigious fight against Ms Banerjee's outfit.

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