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West Bengal Assembly elections: EC imposes 24-hour ban on TMC's Sujata Mondal, BJP's Sayantan Basu

According to reports, the campaigning ban on BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders will come into effect from 7 pm on Sunday.
 

West Bengal Assembly elections: EC imposes 24-hour ban on TMC's Sujata Mondal, BJP's Sayantan Basu-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Apr 18, 2021, 6:14 PM IST
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New Delhi: Ahead of the sixth phase of the assembly election in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Sunday (April 18) imposed a 24-hour campaigning ban on BJP leader Sayantan Basu and Trinamool Congress leader Sujata Mondal Khan over their recent speeches.

According to reports, the campaigning ban on BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders will come into effect from 7 pm on Sunday.

The poll panel banned BJP leader Sayantan Basu for 24 hours from campaigning over his 'highly provocative remarks' over the recent Cooch Behar firing in which five people lost their lives.

The poll panel had on April 15 issued a notice to Sayantan Basu for his alleged 'inflammatory' remark during a speech and asked him to explain his stand within 24 hours. The notice said the poll panel had received a complaint against Basu over his speech in North 24 Parganas' Baranagar.

Sayantan Basu had expressed regret for his remarks and submitted that he had never intended to make any statement contravening the MCC.

On the other hand, the poll-body has observed that Mondal violated the Model Code of Conduct with her statement denigrating the Scheduled Caste community in West Bengal and could have caused tensions between different communities in the state.

She has been banned by the commission over her 'disparaging remarks' against the Scheduled Caste community. Earlier, the EC had asked her to explain why her status as 'star campaigner' should not be withdrawn.

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