Mamata Banerjee takes to painting while protesting against EC ban
West Bengali Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee turned to painting, her favorite hobby, while sitting in a dharna in Kolkata’s Gandhi Murti to protest the 24-hour campaign ban imposed on her by the Indian Electoral Commission (ECI).
Banerjee sat alone at the protest location, with no TMC supporters or leaders, and took out her brushes, paints and a blank canvas. She poured paint on the palette, made a few brushstrokes, and made a painting.
#WATCH | CM Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal paints and shows paintings while sitting on Dharna in Gandhi Murti in Calcutta to protest a 24-hour ban imposed by the ECI, from 20 April at 8 p.m. to 13 April to advertise at 8 p.m. com / CvKHxTB53d
– ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2021
Painting by Mamata Banerjee
Before the fifth phase of the polls in West Bengal, ECI Banerjee banned the election campaign for 24 hours because it made “highly insinuated and provocative remarks that carry the serious potential of the breakdown of law and order and thereby affect the electoral process”.
The TMC supremo was supported by leaders of various parties, including Shiv Senas Sanjay Raut and DMK’s MK Stalin. While Stalin said there must be a level playing field for all, Raut said the ban on Banerjee was imposed “at the behest of the BJP”.
Belief in our democracy is based on free and fair elections.
The Indian Electoral Commission must ensure a level playing field for all parties and candidates and ensure that impartiality and neutrality are maintained. # MamataBanerjee
– MKStalin (@mkstalin) April 13, 2021
ECI has banned Mamta didi for 24 hours. This is clearly being done at the behest of the ruling BJP party in India. It is a direct attack on democracy and sovereignty of independent institutions in India. Solidarity with Bengal Tigress, @MamataOfficial
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– Sanjay Raut (rautsanjay61), April 13, 2021
Aside from Banerjee, the election guard also warned BJP leaders such as Suvendu Adhikari, Dilip Ghosh and Rahul Sinha about making fire reports.
Edited by Mehak Agarwal; with agency entries
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