A police complaint has been filed against BJP leader Mukul Roy for promising smartphones to voters aged between 18 and 21 if the party wins the elections in Jalpaiguri district in the forthcoming panchayat polls.
TMC candidate Bidhan Chandra Roy filed the complaint against Roy, a former TMC leader and Number 2 to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for violating the Model Code of Conducting guidelines during his poll campaign.
“If you vote the BJP and it wins the zilla parishad elections, then there will not be a government of utsavs. The youth will be given smartphones in a bid to encourage cashless transactions,” Roy was heard saying.
On Sunday, Bidhan Chandra Roy in his complaint had alleged that Mukul Roy had tried bribing the voters into casting their votes in the BJP’s favour. A case has been registered in this regard and investigations have begun.
Sources said that the TMC will also file a complaint at the State Election Commission (SEC) against Mukul Roy.
Jalpaiguri is one of the districts where election will take place for the zilla parishad seats. Even during the Trinamool regime, in the last panchayat polls in 2013, Left Front had won Jalpaiguri zilla parishad. This time the ruling TMC is facing competition from BJP.
TMC national secretary general and state parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said that it was nothing more than a poll stunt. “Besides breaking model code of conduct, he has also put the ethics of his party under question. People of Bengal may be poor but they will not fall for these enticements. It is nothing more than poll stunts and will not yield any positive result for BJP,” he said. He also added that the BJP had distributed booklets among people claiming that if the BJP came to power, members of a certain community would not be allowed within certain areas. “We condemn these. We will bring it to the notice of the SEC as well,” he said.
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