Was unaware of Shahs statement CEC

first_imgKolkata: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said on Friday that he is unaware of BJP national president Amit Shah’s statement, where he specified the time of counting the votes and announced Trinamool Congress’ landslide defeat by 2 pm after the counting gets over.Shah had said in a public meeting held at Contai in East Midnapore on Wednesday that the counting of votes will start at 9 am and by 2 pm, when the counting gets over, Trinamool will face a landslide defeat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn this connection, the CEC was questioned how could Shah specify the time of counting the votes and when it is going to be over. In reply to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark that the Election Commission has become a party office of BJP, Arora said: “Nobody brought this to my notice. It is factually incorrect” and refused to elaborate on the matter. Arora’s statement that nobody had brought the matter to his notice, comes at a time when all the vernacular news channels had shown Shah’s speech live and the Chief Minister had made a scathing attack on the BJP national president for making such a statement. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee had raised the question as to how a party leader could speak about when the counting would start and when it would be over. “This is highly undemocratic and you cannot say this at a public meeting,” she had said on Thursday, adding: “How do you know when the counting of the votes will begin and when it will come to an end? Has the ECI become an office of the BJP?” After Shah’s speech, Mayor Firhad Hakim had severely criticised the BJP leader for such a statement. “They (BJP) have destroyed all the institutions in India. They have put the impartiality of ECI in question. They should take action against him,” he said.last_img

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