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Abhijit Gangopadhyay, BJP's Tamluk candidate, barred from campaigning for 24 hours for remarks against Mamata

Abhijit Gangopadhyay barred from campaigning: The poll panel acted on a complaint by the Trinamool Congress against Gangopadhyay for his remarks against Banerjee while addressing a public meeting held on May 15 in Haldia.

Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 Kolkata Updated on: May 21, 2024 14:30 IST
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Abhijit Gangopadhyay barred from campaigning: The Election Commission strongly censures Abhijit Gangopadhyay, BJP’s Tamluk candidate for his derogatory remarks against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and has debarred him from campaigning for 24 hours starting from 17.00 hrs of May 21. The Commission has also strictly warned Abhijit Gangopadhyay to remain careful in his public utterances during the currency of the Model Code of Conduct.

Former Calcutta High Court judge and BJP's candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay on Monday sent his reply to the show-cause notice issued by the EC for his "undignified" remark against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The BJP has fielded Gangopadhyay from the Tamluk seat in West Bengal where voting will be held on May 25. In its notice, the EC said Gangopadhyay's comment has been found to be "beyond dignity in every sense of term" and "in bad taste", and prima facie violative of the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and its advisory to political parties.

Gangopadhyay was the fourth politician in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections to have been served a notice for undignified remarks against women. BJP's senior leader Dilip Ghosh and Congress' Supriya Shrinate were censured by the poll body after being served notices for their remarks against Mamata Banerjee and Kangana Ranaut respectively.

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