The Election Commission of India, hitting back at Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for suggesting that it hear the grievances of all political parties and not be guided by any particular dispensation, reminding its four meetings with TMC delegations in Delhi and Kolkata since December 17, last year and termed her suggestion as “an attempt to belittle the institution of the commission with repeated innuendos and averments”.
With this, EC also rejected her demand for cancellation of orders for removal of director security Vivek Sahay and others, issued after lapses were pointed out by the state chief secretary and the poll body's special observers in her personal security and police bandobast, which led to her being injured at Nandigram.
“Commission maintains the position that they would not like to keep on being put in the dock for alleged proximity to any political entity, etc. However, if Hon'ble CM persists in creating and attempting to perpetuate this myth for reasons best known to her, it is singularly unfortunate, and it is only for Hon'ble CM to adjudge as to why she is doing so,” it said in its response to Mamata's letter dated March 14.
Earlier, escalating her attacks on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre, Didi had said, "Will Home Minister run the country or decides who will get arrested or beaten up, or will he decide which agency will chase whom? Who is running Election Commission? I hope it`s not you, Amit Shah. We want a free and fair election. He is intervening in the day-to-day working of EC."
Addressing a public rally at Mejia in Bankura district, the Chief Minister said, "No matter how much BJP tortures me. I do not care. Jo mujhse takrayega, woh choor-choor ho jayega (the one who hits me will be crushed).
Elections to the 294-member state assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27.