Abhishek Banerjee Sends Defamation Notice To PM

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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday sent a defamation notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly making “wildly fabricated allegations” against him at a rally at West Bengal’s Diamond Harbour on Wednesday.

Mr Banerjee, the nephew of party chief Mamata Banerjee, is seeking re-election from Diamond Harbour in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections. He is pitted against the BJP’s Nilanjan Roy, in whose support PM Modi had come to campaign that day.

PM Modi had claimed at the rally that the state was going through a “torturous period under the bua-bhatija (referring to Mamata Banerjee and her nephew) rule”, but the people would give them a fitting answer by putting their might behind the BJP. “Democracy has turned into goondacracy in West Bengal. Trinamool Congress goons have made life hell for the people here. But the days of goondacracy are over,” he had said.

The notice, written by Mr Banerjee’s advocate on his behalf, claimed that the speech – which was widely aired on media channels – was aimed at harming his reputation. “Your speech, punctuated by false, malicious and defamatory content, was an embodiment of political calculation and mischievous intent. Your imputations were deliberate and mala fide, perpetrated through thinly veiled references of batija (nephew) and didi while being fully aware that Mamata Banerjee is referred to as didi and my client is her only nephew,” it read.