Mamata Banerjee injured: Trinamool team calls on EC full bench, alleges “conspiracy”

Trinamool cites several "instances" to allege it was a "conspiracy", not accident.

A team of Trinamool Congress MPs called on the Election Commission of India’s full bench in New Delhi on Friday and alleged that Mamata Banerjee’s injury in Nandigram on March 10 was a conspiracy. The Trinamool team had MPs Sougata Roy, Pratima Mondol, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Satabdi Roy, Santanu Sen and Derek O’Brien.

Speaking to the media after the one and a half hour long meeting, Sougata Roy said that the Trinamool team had presented before the EC full bench “instances” of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) indicating before that day that “something untoward” may happen in Nandigram. The Trinamool team said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned at a recent public meeting that Mamata Banerjee’s scooter may topple in Nandigram. Bengal’s ruling party also said that BJP Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh had mentioned that something may happen to Banerjee in Nandigram. They also referred to BJP MP Soumitra Khan’s comments that something may happen after 5 pm on Wednesday. The Trinamool team submitted before the EC records of these statements.

“We presented all these instances before the EC full bench and said that what happened to Mamata Banerjee on March 10 in Nandigram was not an accident, but a conspiracy against her. We have demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident,” Sougata Roy said after the meeting. He added that the party had also told the EC bench that there is a link between transferring the state’s DGP and ADG law and order and the incident in Nandigram happening right after that.

Roy also said that unlike what is being reported by a section of the media, Banerjee’s vehicle had not hit any post in the middle of the road. “Some eyewitnesses were quoted saying the car had hit the pole, but we have shown the vehicle to the media and it was not damaged, and moreover, but we have come to know that these so-called eyewitnesses have links with BJP leader Suvendu Adhikary,” Roy said, adding that while the EC had sought a report on the incident already, the panel would inquire further into the allegations of the Trinamool Congress.

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