Kolkata: Election Commission of India (EC) has served a notice to Trinamool Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal over his alleged intimidating speeches.
Mondal has been asked to reply to the notice in 24-hours. Simultaneously, the EC has directed the district magistrate of Birbhum to furnish a report on the episode.his move comes after almost all the Opposition parties complained to the EC on 16 March saying that Mondal has been delivering one after another intimidating speeches to create an atmosphere of fear.
Again, while addressing at an election meeting at Rabindra Sadan Auditorium at Suri on Sunday, Mondal openly instructed the public prosecutor of the district court to arrange for bail of a murder accused Trinamul leader Abdul Haque Kaderi aka Ujjawal.
Ujjawal was arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of Trinamool functionary Dipak Ghosh at Khoirasol last year and is now lodged in jail custody. The public prosecutor, Malay Mukherjee, also happens to be a vice-president of the Trinamool district unit.
This is not the first time that the poll panel has taken cognisance of Mondal’s tactics of spreading “soft terror.” During the 2016 Bengal Assembly elections, the EC had placed him under 24X7 watch of the Central forces led by a magistrate to deter his plans.
EC sources said that given the past experience, more stringent steps are likely against Mondal this time.
In another election related development, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that chief secretary Moloy De will call on the chief electoral officer (CEO) to ensure that people do not get deprived of benefits of social welfare schemes during the prolonged election process.