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PM Modi violated poll code by visiting Bangladesh, alleges TMC in letter to EC

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As the Assembly elections are underway in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to neighbouring country Bangladesh during the first phase of the poll has allegedly violated the model code of conduct in place for the state Assembly polls. Complaining about which the Trinamool Congress has written a letter to the Election Commission alleging that some of Modi’s programmes in the country were ‘intended to influence the voting pattern’ in certain constituencies of the state. The letter dated March 28 was released by the Trinamool Congress today that is on Tuesday.

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Modi was on a 2-day visit from March 2 6 to 27 in Bangladesh to take part in the celebrations of 50th anniversary of the country’s independence and the birth centenary of its founder ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman following an invitation from his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

The subject line of the letter written by TMC national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien read, ‘Gross violation of democratic ethics and the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh.’

“We have no objection whatsoever to his visit to Bangladesh for this official purpose. After all, India played a critical role in the liberation of Bangladesh. West Bengal, in particular, made an immense contribution to the heroic struggle of our fellow Bengalis in (what was then) East Pakistan for freedom from the brutal regime in West Pakistan.”

“However, the All India Trinamool Congress strongly objects to Shri Modi’s programmes in Bangladesh on 27 March. These had nothing to do with either the 50th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh or the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’.”

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“Rather, they were solely and exclusively intended to influence the voting pattern in certain constituencies in the ongoing elections to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal,” O’Brien wrote in the letter.

“No Indian Prime Minister has so brazenly indulged in an unethical and undemocratic act and violated the Model Code of Conduct by indirectly campaigning for his party from foreign soil,” he further wrote.

The TMC leader also pointed out the political motive behind Modi’s visit as he took along with him BJP MP from West Bengal Santanu Thakur, who holds no official position in the government of India.

“No MP or representative from the Trinamool Congress or other parties was invited to accompany the PM. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has thus grossly misused his official position to interfere from foreign soil in the election process in West Bengal,” O’Brien alleged.

“The All India Trinamool Congress demands that the Election Commission of India not only censure him but also take deterrent punitive action against him so that he dares not repeat such misconduct in future,” he said.

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