West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demanded cancellation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s candidature from Varanasi for “shamelessly indulging in horse trading”, a day after he claimed in a rally that 40 Trinamool MLAs were in touch with him.
“Modi said yesterday that 40 Trinamool Congress workers (MLAs) are in talks with the BJP. Look how shamelessly he is indulging in horse trading. His candidature should be immediately cancelled. He has no right to continue as the PM,” Ms Banerjee said at a rally in Hooghly district.
She said, “What has he done in the last five years? Farmers are committing suicide, unemployment is on the rise.”
The Chief Minister also said the BJP will not be able to establish a foothold in West Bengal, no matter how much the party “daydreams” about it. “Modi is daydreaming about getting a foothold in West Bengal. His dream will never come true,” she added.
In the national capital, the Trinamool Congress wrote to the Election Commission, alleging that Mr Modi’s speech indicates an “impending horse trading” and asked the poll panel to cancel his nomination for such “provocative and undemocratic” statements.
In its letter to the ECI, the Trinamool demanded: “strong action” for the “unfounded, inappropriate and illegal” campaign and utterances of the Prime Minister.
“You (ECI) are thus requested to ask Mr Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, for evidence in support of his statement, failing which his nomination should be cancelled for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making such provocative and undemocratic statements,” the letter said.