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Law and order responsibility of EC, says TMC after 'attack' on Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee admitted to SSKM hospital after suffering injuries during her Nandigram visit on Wednesday. (PTI)Premium
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee admitted to SSKM hospital after suffering injuries during her Nandigram visit on Wednesday. (PTI)

  • In a letter to EC, TMC leaders called the incident a 'deep-rooted conspiracy to take her life'
  • 'After elections are announced, law and order become responsibility of EC,' says TMC leader Derek O'Brien post attack on Mamata

A day after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was injured during her Nandigram campaign, a delegation of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday filed a complaint at the Election Commission office in Kolkata over the alleged attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram and called the incident a "deep-rooted conspiracy to take her life".

Mamata on Wednesday evening alleged that during her campaign in Nandigram, she was attacked by four-five men who pushed her, besides banging on her the door of her car, leading to the injuries.

In the complaint, TMC MP Derek O'Brien and TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee alleged that the Chief Minister was threatened due to the Election Commission of India's takeover of the state's law and order machinery.

"When the Election Commission of India (ECI) has taken over the law and order machinery in the state in the name of conducting elections, appropriated the whole governance structure, summarily removed and replaced the Director General of Police without any consultation with the state government, at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the person of the CM and a candidate from Nandigram, West Bengal who is Z plus protectee is threatened," the complaint letter read.

It further claimed that an "attempt was made on Banerjee's life" and at the time of the assault, neither the Superintendent nor the local police was present to give her security cover. Only her personal security officers were with her.

O'Brien and Chatterjee further alleged a "nexus between the complaints by BJP against the former DGP".

"The ECI unilaterally removing the DGP, the SP, and the District Police (who report to the new DGP) being absent at the time of the brazen attack on Mamata Banerjee. The attack is a deep rooted conspiracy to take the life of our Chairperson. We call for an immediate investigation into the same," it said.

While speaking to the media later, O'Brien condemned certain statements made by leaders of other parties.

"Those responsible for this heinous incident need to be brought to book. It was in such poor taste that within 30 minutes, there were other kinds of statements. We condemn those statements. Talk to doctors and see what happened," he said.

"On March 9, the Election Commission changed the DGP. On March 10, a BJP MP posted on social media - 'aap samajh jayenge, 5 pm ke baad kya hone wala hai' (you will understand, what will happen after 5 pm) and it happened to Mamata Didi at 6 pm. We condemn these incidents and behaviour, and want the truth to prevail," O'Brien added.

Meanwhile, the party postponed the release of its manifesto for the upcoming elections in West Bengal today, following the alleged attack.

Banerjee, the party's chairperson, was scheduled to release the manifesto in the afternoon at her residence in Kalighat.

She is currently undergoing treatment at a state-run hospital and is "stable" now, informed doctors. According to PTI sources, doctors are planning to conduct a series of medical tests, including a CT scan, to assess the degree of her injury.

Moreover, TMC leader Madan Mitra lead a protest march in Belgharia against the alleged attack on CM and party chief Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.

West Bengal will be voting in eight phases, beginning March 27. The votes will be counted on May 2.

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