EC To Give Mamata Clean Chit Over Poll Violation Notice: Source

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Kolkata: The Election Commission is likely to give a clean chit to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in a case of violating the moral code of conduct during the polls, said sources.

The Election Commission had issued a notice to CM Mamata Banerjee after she declared to make Asansol a separate district during a poll campaign in Barabani on April 7.

Chief Election Officer Sunil Gupta, on April 8, sought a report on Mamata’s rally from the district magistrate of Burdwan, Saumitra Mohan. The report submited by Mr. Mohan was later sent to Delhi.

Soon after the report was sent, a full bench of the EC under chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi arrived in Kolkata on April 14 and hold a meet. Nasim Zaidi the same day announced that a showcause notice will be issued to CM Mamata Banerjee for violating the moral code of conduct.

Sources within the Election Commission has said that the Commission is satisfied with the CM’s reply on the notice and will give her a clean chit soon and hence ruling out any possibility of re-poll in some booths as demanded by the opposition.

The six phased polls in West Bengal spread over a month ended on May 5, witnessed a furious Mamata attacking the EC every time the commission took a step in curbing the power of ‘pro-TMC’ officials.

The commission drew severe attack from the CM after it replaced Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar known to be one among the CM’s close circle and roped in Soumen Mitra.

Mamata even dared the constitutional body and warned ‘some’ police officials of consequences after the polls.

The six phased poll witnessed a pro-active EC sparing no issues to conduct a free and fair polls. The commission had used the Central forces and state police with utmost precision and thwarted the plans of booth capturing and jamming allegedly by the ruling party.