Chidambaram violating code of conduct in WB: CPI(M) to EC

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 16:05

New Delhi: In a complaint to the Election
Commission, CPI(M) on Wednesday alleged that Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram and his Ministry were trying to "portray" the Left
Front as "aggressor" in West Bengal, thereby violating the
model code of conduct in place in the state.
The party petitioned to the Commission that statements
being made by Chidambaram during the course of the campaign
for the ongoing Assembly elections are tantamount to
influencing the voters.

Accusing the Home Ministry of "selectively leaking" data
regarding political killings in the state, CPI(M) Politburo
member Sitaram Yechury who met Chief Election Commissioner S Y
Quraishi sought action against the Ministry of Home Affairs
for "violating the model code of conduct."

He cited media reports quoting Home Ministry officials as
claiming that at least 24 people, half of them belonging to
the Trinamool Congress, were killed in poll-related violence
in the state since the election process began last month.

"We feel it is a violation of the code of conduct. The
selective leakage of such data by the Union Home Ministry is
to portray the Left Front as the aggressor in the state,"
Yechury told reporters here.
Yechury said the Home Ministry`s "selective leakage" came
even as its own data clearly states that nearly 380 Left Front
workers have been killed by the Trinamool Congress-Maoist
combine in the state since the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

The senior party leader said he also raised the issue of
use of black money by the Trinamool Congress in the elections.

He said the Commission had earlier assured the party that
they would investigate the issue if it is provided with more

"We have given evidence (about the blackmoney) to the
commission. I requested the commission that on the basis of
earlier assurances, they should immediately investigate (it),"
Yechury said.

The party also raised apprehensions about violence by the
Opposition in the state during the remaining three phases of
polling and sought the Commission`s intervention.

Yechury said he reminded the Commission about the
apprehension raised by the party, particularly in the East
Midnapore district, and demanded that the EC keep its word
that the pending 175 non-bailable warrants in the district
would be reduced to zero.


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First Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 16:05

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