TMC MP Derek O'Brien slams Dilip Ghosh over 'wheelchair' comment on CM Mamata Banerjee

The Election Commission on Thursday banned West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from campaigning in the state for 24 hours for violating the Model Code of Conduct by making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks” in his election speeches.

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TMC MP Derek O'Brien

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O Brien slammed Dilip Ghosh over his comment on Mamata Banerjee using a wheelchair.

The MP also asked EC to take a note of Ghosh's speech, where he says: "We want a healthy CM and not one, who cannot walk or hear." Trinamool Congress said Dilip Ghosh's comment is against the specially abled people.

DILIP GHOSH BANNED FROM CAMPAIGNING FOR 24 Hours

The Election Commission of India on Thursday banned West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from campaigning in the state for 24 hours.

In its order, the poll panel said after assessing Dilip Ghosh's reply to its notice, it is of the "considered view" that he violated the Model Code of Conduct by making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks" in his election speeches.

"The Commission has carefully considered the reply of Dilip Ghosh and is of the considered view that he has violated clauses (1) and (4) of part 1 of 'General Conduct of Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of political parties and candidates,” the Election Commission said in its order.

The Election Commission had issued a notice to Dilip Ghosh over his controversial remarks on the Cooch Behar firing incident in which four people were killed and seven injured last Saturday.

Referring to Dilip Ghosh's comments, the poll panel said they were "highly provocative" and could "adversely impact law and order".

"[Dilip Ghosh] made highly provocative and inciteful remarks which could adversely impact law and order thereby adversely affecting the election process,” the Commission said.

Apart from this, the Commission imposed a 24 hour-ban (7pm on April 15 to 7pm on April 16) on Dilip Ghosh during which he will not be allowed to campaign for election.

"The Commission sternly warns Dilip Ghosh and advises him to desist from using such statements while making public utterances during the period when Model Code of Conduct is in force and imposes a ban of 24 hours from 7pm on April 15 to 7pm on April 16 during which he shall not be allowed to campaign," the EC order said.

Dilip Ghosh was scheduled to address election-related public programmes tomorrow.

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