Terming it a ‘genocide,’ West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee blamed the Centre on Sunday for violence in Cooch Behar district's Sitalkuchi constituency.
Four men were shot dead on Saturday morning in a clash with security forces outside a polling booth, during the fourth phase of state elections, triggering a blame game between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the TMC.
“It is a genocide. They sprayed bullets. They could have shot on the leg or the lower body but every bullet hit them in the neck or chest area," said Mamata.
She further called Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘incompetent.’ “They're coming here daily to capture Bengal. You are welcome, nobody has stopped you but make people happy rather than threatening them. You get people killed by central forces and later issue them a clean chit,” she said.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Election Commission had announced that no politician can enter Cooch Behar district for three days.
Condemning the EC for restricting entry, she said on Sunday said the EC should rename the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) enforced at the time of elections as ‘Modi Code of Conduct’.
The next phase of the elections will take place on April 17. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.