The Trinamool Congress has y alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speech, where he claimed that 40 TMC MLA’s are in touch with him, indicates impending horse-trading” and asked the Election Commission to cancel his nomination for such “provocative and undemocratic” statements.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee further steeped up the attack and demanded that Modi’s candidature be cancelled as he is indulging in horse trading during elections.
“Holding a constitutional position, he is violating the constitution by making unconstitutional statements. He has no right to remain the PM,” Banerjee reportedly said.
In its letter to the EC, the TMC demanded “strong action” for the “unfounded, inappropriate and illegal” campaign and utterances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“We would like to bring to your kind notice the lies uttered by Mr Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister regarding horse trading, hinting that the members of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) will cross over to the Bharatiya Janata Party and using this lie to influence the voters,” a letter from the party to the EC said.
The TMC said it is “shocked and surprised” to hear the utterances of the Prime Minister that 40 AITC MLAs are in touch with him and will cross over to BJP after declaration of results of Lok Sabha election.
“You (EC) are thus requested to ask Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister for evidence in support of his statement, failing which his nomination should be cancelled for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making such provocative and undemocratic statements,” the letter said.
Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’ Brien took to twitter to slam Modi
Expiry Babu PM , let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading #LokSabhaElection2019
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) April 29, 2019