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Babul Supriyo calls Grand Alliance 'Mahathagbandhan'

IANS  |  Kolkata 

While the opposition leaders expressed their solidarity with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's displeasure over the Election Commission's (EC) unprecedented decision to curtail poll campaign in the state by 20 hours, MP on Thursday called the opposition 'Mahathagbandhan' (alliance of crooks).

"The 'Mahathagbandhan' will never be voted 'in' by the people of because they will always keep above them," Supriyo tweeted.

The EC's decision came in the wake of repeated instances of violence in the state during the polls, which reached a tipping point on Tuesday when the bust of Ishwar was smashed at the college named after the social reformer following violent clashes during President Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata.

Stating that the EC didn't act timely, Supriyo tweeted: "For six phases they kept stoic silence while democracy and human beings got murdered by Mamata and her #TMchhi. Now, they have all found their voices. #Shame."

On Wednesday, Banerjee had claimed that the EC's decision was taken at the "behest of the BJP, (Narendra) and Shah".

"EC's biased actions under the directions of the are a direct attack on democracy. People will give a befitting reply," she said.

Expressing solidarity with Banerjee, supremo Mayawati on Thursday told reporters: "The has banned poll campaign in from 10 p.m. today (Thursday). But the is holding two rallies (before the ban comes into force). This shows that the Commission is working under the pressure of the BJP."



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 14:28 IST