NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress has raised strong objections to Narendra Modi‘s Bangladesh visit in a letter to the Election Commission, claiming that the Prime Minister “grossly misused” his position to interfere in the election process in West Bengal.
PM Modi visited Bangladesh on March 26 and 27 to attend the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence and the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman following an invitation from his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.
In its letter to the poll panel dated March 28, the TMC said that PM Modi’s programmes in the neighbouring country on March 27 had nothing to do with the official purpose of the visit.
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“Rather, they were solely and exclusively intended to influence the voting pattern in certain constituencies in the ongoing elections to the legislative assembly of West Bengal,” TMC MP Derek O’Brien said in the letter.
Prime Minister Modi had interacted with the members of the Matua community in Orakandi and offered prayers at a temple.
Orakandi is the abode of Hindu Matua community, a large number of whom are residents of neighbouring West Bengal.
The Trinamool said that Modi violated the poll code by indirectly campaigning from foreign soil and added that no Indian Prime Minister has so brazenly indulged in such an “unethical and undemocratic act”.
The ruling party in West Bengal further alleged that the political motive behind PM Modi’s visit is proven by the fact that he took along with him BJP MP from West Bengal Santanu Thakur, who holds no official position in the government of lndia.
“No MP or representative from the Trinamool Congress or other parties was invited to accompany the PM. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has thus grossly misused his official position to interfere from foreign soil in the election process in West Bengal,” it said in the letter.
“The All lndia Trinamool Congress demands that the Election Commission of lndia not only censure him but also take deterrent punitive action against him so that he dares not repeat such misconduct in future,” the letter said.
(With inputs from PTI)