'Mamata called me, sought help in Nandigram fight,' claims BJP leader, leaks audio clip

However, BJP leader Pralay Pal turned down Mamata's request.

Even as voting continued in the first phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaked an alleged audiotape wherein the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reportedly asked the saffron party leader from Nandigram to extend his support to her for the polls.

In what can be termed as a massive polling day controversy in the poll-bound Bengal, BJP claimed that the TMC supremo had attempted to win over the saffron party's Nandigram vice-president Pralay Pal. However, Pal turned down Didi's request and reportedly said that he did not receive any respect in TMC, adding that he could not betray the Adhikaris and its party, as heard in the call recording.

Responding to the leaked audiotape allegedly featuring Mamata, BJP's IT cell head Amit Malviya termed the recording as an extension of the violence unleashed by the TMC cadre. He maintained that the TMC supremo would lose from the Nandigram constituency where she will square off with BJP's Suvendu Adhikari and predicted that the TMC will be voted out of power in the Assembly elections.

Sharing the audio clip of the purported conversation, Malviya tweeted and said, "Massive! Mamata Banerjee calls Proloy Pal, BJP’s district Vice President in Nandigram and pleads for help! Proloy tells her that he was humiliated in TMC and he along with this family cannot betray the BJP. Pishi is definitely losing Nandigram and TMC Bengal..."

Meanwhile, the TMC’s counter on the matter was swift. It had two arguments - that there are doubts over the authenticity of the clip, and that even if Banerjee called Pal, a former TMC worker, she did nothing wrong.

TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh downplayed the matter and said, “First of all, I don’t know about the authenticity of the audio clip. But even if it turns out to be a genuine audio clip in future, then also I personally believe that she has done nothing wrong in calling up a former TMC worker. She can always call her former party workers and seek his or her help.”

But, in the meantime, TMC parliamentarian Sukhendu Sekhar Ray said, “I don’t want to comment much on the matter. All I can say is that it (the audio clip) is the production of the BJP’s misinformation factory.”

CPI(M) legislator Sujan Chakraborty too said Banerjee may have done nothing wrong by calling a former party worker. “But my point is she cannot say that she was unaware about the ground situation… on why people left TMC,” he added.

The ‘Clash of Titan’ constituency, Nandigram is scheduled to go for polling on the second phase on April 1.

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