BJP, TMC move EC for probe into ‘Mamata tape’

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KOLKATA:

Trinamool Congress

and BJP both moved the Election Commission on Saturday, seeking an investigation into the leaked audio tape of a purported conversation between Bengal CM

Mamata Banerjee

and her party’s Sitalkuchi candidate Partha Pratim Ray after the

CISF

firing in which four people died.
While Trinamool sought action for “violation of the right to privacy” under various sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, IT Act and the

IPC

, BJP demanded a probe into “how and by whom the tape was made viral to solicit votes on religious lines, which is prohibited under the model code of conduct.” In its written complaint to the EC, a Trinamool delegation led by

Yashwant Sinha

, Derek O’Brien and Purnendu Basu said the purported phone conversation between Mamata and Ray was played by BJP during a presser at its office in the presence of BJP’s IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya and MP Locket Chatterjee.
“BJP has not only illegally recorded (the conversation) and/or caused it to be recorded, but also played it at a press conference out of context. The entire exercise is illegal and a direct assault on legal rights, including the right to privacy of Mamata Banerjee and Partha Pratim Ray,” the

TMC

complaint said.
“For such gross violation and the consequences of the said act of BJP, necessary steps for prosecution under criminal law shall be taken separately,” it added.
A BJP delegation of Swapan Dasgupta, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Shishir Bajoria and Shoumendu Mukherji, meanwhile, met Bengal’s chief electoral officer in Kolkata. “It is apposite to mention that Banerjee has been repeatedly making statements to divide the electorate on religious lines.
On Friday, an audio conversation surfaced in the public domain. The tape has been made viral intentionally by fellow partymen of Mamata Banerjee. The intent is to secure their political interest by polarising the votes of a particular community on religious lines.”

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