KRISHNANAGAR (WEST BENGAL): Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her rant
against the Election Commission (EC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Sunday also accused her of misusing the state machinery.
brink of defeat, the Trinamool has lost its senses, Mamata and her party
have accepted defeat and that is why she is not fighting with political
parties, but rather with the EC," Modi said here canvassing for the
state assembly polls.
"Polls will come and go, but if these
institutions are destroyed, the country will not be able to be run. The
EC gave notice to you and it was your responsibility to put forth your
stand, your views but instead you are saying, you will see the EC after
May 19 (day of counting)," he said.
He was referring to
Banerjee's April 14 outburst against the poll panel after getting a
show-cause notice for violation of model code of conduct.
Banerjee for "trying to destroy" an independent institution like the
EC, Modi said: "The country runs on laws and rules and if you want
disobey them, then clarify before the people whether you have faith in
democracy or not, whether you have faith in the country's constitution
or nor not."
Pointing to the allegations that the notice to
Banerjee was replied to by the state chief secretary, Modi charged her
with misusing the state machinery.
"I read somewhere that the
reply to Banerjee's notice has been given by the chief secretary. If
this is true then this is the biggest flouting of poll rules. The EC
notice was sent to the Trinamool chief and not the chef minister. It was
the responsibility of Didi or her party or her party's lawyer to
reply," he said.
"I don't know if he (chief secretary) has done
that, I've heard on my way about it. But if it has happened, then it is
blatant misuse of the government. Didi, Indira Gandhi lost her
membership for six years for misusing the government," said Modi
referring to the Allahabad High Court's decision barring then prime
minister Gandhi from holding elected office for six years in 1975.
He also attacked the Trinamool over corruption issues and ridiculed the Congress-Left Front tie-up.