Mamata Banerjee To Election Commission: You Can Issue 10 Notices But
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday reacted sharply to the Election Commission's notice over her recent remark in which she had asked Muslims to not divide crucial minority votes among other parties. Accusing the poll panel of ignoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi's alleged transgressions of the election rules, Ms Banerjee said she would always stand against the division of voters on religious lines even if she received "10 show-cause notices".
"You (EC) can issue 10 show-cause notices to me, but my reply will be the same. I will always speak against any division in Hindu, Muslim votes. I will always stand against division of voters along religious lines," Ms Banerjee was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
"Why no complaint has been filed against Narendra Modi, who every day talks about Hindu and Muslim (vote banks)? How many complaints have been filed against those who had uttered the word ''mini-Pakistan'' during the Nandigram campaigns?" she said, referring to her confidant-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari.