A purported audio clip, where Mamata Banerjee could be heard talking to Pralay Pal, created a shocking atmosphere on Saturday after polling in the first phase in the state concluded. The validity of the clip is not yet ascertained, but Trinamool leadership did not completely deny the clip and instead asked what is wrong if the party supremo calls up a former party member.
At least, Mamata did not offer money to threaten him, like what BJP does, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra said. “Unlike @BJP who call TMC members & offer money or threaten w/ central agencies Mamatadi called up an ex TMC member in good faith. No carrot. no stick. Shows her clear conscience,” Moitra tweeted.
In that audio clip that was made public by the State BJP leadership, the CM is clearly heard requesting local BJP leader Pralay Pal to help her out in the Nandigram polls. Ms. Banerjee is scheduled to contest against the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari from the Nandigram Assembly seat that goes to polls on April 1.
“You are a young person and do a lot of work, I know… Please help us out this time,” Ms. Banerjee is allegedly heard as saying in the audio clip.
Just after this incident, the Trinamool Congress also released an audio clip of a conversation between two BJP leaders — Mukul Roy and Sishir Bajoria. There, Mr. Roy is alleging heard telling Mr. Bajoria “to include a demand that the polling agent in a polling booth should not necessarily be a resident of that booth”. In this clip, the BJP leaders were openly discussing if the polling agent had to be from the same booth, the BJP would find out the polling agents on all seats.
TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that the audio clip was a reflection of political conspiracy behind getting more leads in the Election Commission.