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BJP responsible for COVID surge in Bengal, will urge EC to prevent entry of ‘outsiders’ in campaigns: Mamata

Banerjee, during a public meeting in Nadia district, said the BJP brought people from "worst-hit" states like Gujarat for erecting marquees for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rallies.

BJP responsible for COVID surge in Bengal, will urge EC to prevent entry of outsiders in campaigns: Mamata-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Apr 16, 2021, 5:22 PM IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that she will urge the Election Commission to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from bringing "outsiders" during poll campaigning to keep a check on the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Banerjee, during a public meeting here in Nadia district, said the BJP brought people from "worst-hit" states like Gujarat for erecting marquees for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rallies.

"I will tell the EC to stop the inflow of outsiders from states like Gujarat who are responsible for the Covid-19 spread in Bengal.

"We have nothing to say if the PM or other leaders come for campaigning... Why should the BJP bring people from worst-affected states to set up podiums and pandals for rallies," she said.

Mamata while referring to her injury said the BJP wanted to stop her from canvassing by "targeting her leg", but she has managed to come out triumphant.

"They had targeted my leg, but I proved them wrong with the blessings of people. The injury has healed 75%," she said.

After Mamata, Derek O'Brien pitched for clubbing of last four phases of election.

"TMC's position is clear, we want remaining elections to be held in one phase. I request BJP to make their position clear. Do they agree with us that politics is a second priority, first is handling the Covid-19 pandemic?," said TMC leader Derek O'Brien. 

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