Why was the Election Commission sleeping all this while, asked Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi on Mody after the poll body banned public meetings in the ongoing West Bengal assembly elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to reporters after casting her vote with her parents in the seventh phase of the polls, Nusrat also said that wherever she has campaigned, she has only seen support for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. TMC leader said, "Wherever I have been campaigning, I've seen peoples' support for only one face – Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's… Why was the Election Commission sleeping all this while?" the TMC MP questioned.
She further said, "When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided not to hold public meetings, the EC called off all public meetings. It listens to the PM and Home Minister more than anyone else."
On the other hand, slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee exuded confidence that his aunt and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will secure a two-thirds majority in the ongoing Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, voting in 34 constituencies spread across five districts of West Bengal began at 7 am. A total of 268 candidates, including 37 women are in the fray in this phase of the West Bengal elections. The phase will witness an intense battle in six constituencies in Dakshin Dinajpur, six in Malda. Nine in Murshidabad, nine in Paschim Bardhaman and four in Kolkata. Polling for the eighth and final phase will take place on April 29. While the counting of votes will take place on May 2.