#Kolkata: Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee’s campaign has been banned by the Election Commission. Allegedly, Mamata is violating the code of conduct by making offensive remarks during the election campaign. The ban will continue from 8pm on April 12 to 8pm on April 13. Mamata sat in a dharna today to protest the commission’s decision. Besides, grassroots activists have condemned the decision of the commission on April 12 as a black day of democracy on social media. Many have become vocal on social media using #BlackDayForDemocracy. This hashtag is trending on Twitter right now.
More than 23,000 posts have been made using #BlackDayForDemocracy on Twitter alone. “When there is no other answer for Mamata Banerjee, then the BJP can do it. Shame on the Election Commission for taking such an undemocratic step.”
“This is a black day for Indian democracy. We are being banned because we can’t lose,” Derek and Bryan said in the video. Star candidate Soham Chakraborty says, “The Election Commission has made our job easier. We don’t have to prove their bias anymore.”
Three BJP leaders Dilip Ghosh, Rahul Sinha and Sayantan Basu have made controversial remarks about the Shitalkuchi incident. Dilip Ghosh has said in a threatening tone that incidents like Shitalkuchi will happen in more places. The Trinamool and United Front have lodged a complaint against the remarks but the commission has not taken any action against Dilip Ghosh and the other two leaders. With these factors in mind, the Trinamool is questioning the impartiality of the Election Commission.
Trinamool’s Nusrat Jahan, Manoj Tiwari, Bratya Basu, Sujit Basu, Firhad Hakim and many others have posted using this trending hashtag. But they are not the only ones. Many ordinary people have also used this hashtag. Mamata is sitting alone today in protest of the decision of the relevant commission. None of the other leaders of the party are ministers.