BJP’s celebrity campaigner and actor Mithun Chakraborty was booked for violating Covid-19 guidelines during an election rally on Saturday. The Bollywood star allegedly had more than 500 people in attendance at Baishnabnagar assembly constituency in Malda district during the public rally on Saturday.
The FIR against the veteran actor was ordered by Malda District Magistrate Rajarshi Mitra following a complaint submitted by the opposition, TMC. According to the complaint, when Chakraborty reached the venue by helicopter, thousands of villagers rushed to him while no prevention efforts were taken at the time.
Trinamool Youth Congress’s Malda president Prasenjit Das had complained to the Election Commission and asked the district administration to take action against Chakraborty. Meanwhile, The Trinamool Congress also slammed the Election Commission (EC) for turning a blind eye towards BJP leader Dilip Ghosh’s and Chakraborty’s rallies which purportedly had more than 500 people in attendance. The party stated that they would ask the EC to take action against the BJP and revoke permission for other rallies as soon as possible.
Taking to Twitter, TMC MP Derek O’Brien posted two photographs of BJP’s public meetings and wrote, “The vultures are still doing election rallies in Bengal. EC looks away. Two phases still to go.”
Addressing a news conference, TMC MP Sougata Roy also said, “In South Dinajpur district, Dilip Ghosh held a public meeting where more than 500 were in attendance. In Malda district, Mithun Chakraborty’s election meeting flouted every guideline laid down by the Election Commission. We will urge the EC to take action against them and revoke permission from further election rallies.”
Reacting to the TMC allegations, BJP leader Pratap Banerjee had something casual to say. “People are coming out to see Dilip Ghosh and Mithun Chakrabarty. We cannot beat them up with sticks and ask them to go away. We are still saying that not more than 500 people must be allowed in such rallies. Our workers are trying their best to abide by the EC guidelines,” Banerjee said.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party also lodged a complaint against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the EC for campaigning and influencing voters in Murshidabad during the silent period. The allegation was that, since The Chief Minister is not a voter in Murshidabad, she cannot remain at the venue.