Mamata tells voters to ‘gherao BJP’s CRPF’ if it creates trouble

COOCH BEHAR: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused central forces on Wednesday of asking people to vote for BJP and exhorted people, particularly women, to gherao CRPF personnel if they try to foment trouble.
One group should gherao them (CRPF personnel) and another group should go and vote if CRPF personnel foment trouble, Banerjee said at a rally in Cooch Behar. Do not waste your vote. Your vote will be wasted if all of you gherao them and that is exactly what BJP wants, she said.
The Election Commission has sought a report from the district magistrate. I want a peaceful vote. People should be allowed to cast their votes. The CRPF should not stop people from voting. Who has asked central forces to tell people: Vote for BJP? Who has asked them to do Modi or Didi? I respect real jawans but not this BJP CRPF who are assaulting women, harassing people, she said.
Her statement prompted BJP to lodge a complaint with the EC. Banerjee had tried to create a law-and-order problem, the party said, adding that the statement against our own security forces is seditious and anti-national. The CM urged people to lodge FIRs against the men in uniformif they tell you that you cannot vote.
Banerjee urged voters, especially women, to be brave. These central forces are going to villages to ensure that women do not vote. So, my mothers and sisters, if you are told not to vote, will you listen? A single vote is more important than guns and bombs, she said.
She also attempted to set the record straight about the imposition of prohibitory orders during polling. A rumour is being spread that the entire area comes under Sec tion 144 on election day; this is wrong. Section 144 is there only 200 metres around poll premises. Nothing stops people from going to vote in groups, she said, adding, During elections, policemen turn BJP supporters.
Mamata said she would not allow people to go to detention camps, like in Assam. All who live in Bengal are Indian citizens. The state has already recognised refugees settled on state government land. The state cabinet has also decided to grant land deeds to those on central government and private lands. We will fight for you, she said.
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