Comments on Mamata: EC warns Basu to be careful in future

The Election Commission expressed its "severe displeasure" to veteran CPI(M) leader Anil Basu over using expletives against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at an election meeting and warned him to be careful in future.

Updated: May 11, 2011, 18:10 PM IST

New Delhi: The Election Commission has
expressed its "severe displeasure" to veteran CPI(M) leader
Anil Basu over using expletives against Trinamool Congress
chief Mamata Banerjee at an election meeting and warned him to
be careful in future.

The Commission had earlier served a notice to Basu,
observing that prima facie his utterances made at an election
meeting at Arambagh in Hooghly on April 22 violated model code
of conduct. He was asked to reply by April 30.
As he failed to reply to its notice, the EC had again
asked him to reply by May 3. But he did not respond to the
notice.

It was apparent that Basu evaded replying to the EC`s
letter and his interim reply was unsatisfactory, the EC said.

"Now, therefore, the Commission hereby conveys its severe
displeasure to Anil Basu and warns him to be careful in
future," the EC order said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had
censured Basu for his act.

Basu had already apologised for using expletives against
Banerjee after being ordered by the party leadership which
also barred the seven-time MP from holding poll rallies.

PTI