Mamata Banerjee, on dharna against EC’s campaign ban, takes to painting
- Banerjee arrived at the venue on Mayo Road in the morning and sat next to a Mahatma Gandhi statue.
West Bengali Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee, who sat on a dharna in Kolkata on Tuesday to protest the Indian Electoral Commission (ECI) ‘s 24-hour campaign ban, took up her favorite hobby and produced two paintings while she was in a wheelchair.
Banerjee arrived at the venue on Mayo Road in the morning and sat next to a Mahatma Gandhi statue. She poured paint on the palette, made quick brushstrokes, and soon produced a painting which she showed to the crowd as they cheered.
Meanwhile, a defense official said the area where Mamata Banerjee is protesting is owned by the army and the TMC has not yet received approval for the program. “We received a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) application for Kolkata’s Gandhi Murti from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) at 9:40 am because the area is under Army jurisdiction. It is in progress and the NOC has become not yet issued, “said the official, according to the ANI news agency.
Banerjee stages the dharna as a sign of protest against the EC’s “unconstitutional decision” to prevent her from participating in ongoing polls at the State Assembly for 24 hours. The order of the electoral body came after the prime minister’s remarks against the central forces and a statement claiming religious overtones.
The EC said that Banerjee made “highly hypocritical and provocative remarks that carry the serious potential for the collapse of law and order and thereby affecting the electoral process,” and advised it, “while making public statements, refrain from using such statements. The model code of conduct is in effect. “
The next phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls will take place on April 17th. The vote will be counted on May 2nd.
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