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Election Commission issues notice to Dilip Ghosh over inflammatory speech

The Election Commission on Tuesdya gave a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh. The commission said that Ghosh violated the model code of conduct in poll-bound state through his speech about the violence in Cooch Behar.

The action has been taken on a complaint filed by Trinmool Congress' Derek O'Brien.

The poll panel reproduced the part of Ghosh's speech which it said was objectionable. "..... Where did so many naughty boys come from? Those naughty boys were shot at yesterday in Shitalkuchi. These naughty boys will not be there in Bengal. This is just the beginning. Those who thought that the central forces’ rifles were meant to be just for show have well understood now the power of cartridges. And this will be carried on throughout Bengal. Those who will take the law in their own hands will be given a befitting answer. I hope that you all will queue up to cast your votes in the morning on 17 April. Central forces will be there in the booths. No one can show you an angry eye. Because we are here. And if someone crosses his limits then you have seen what happened in Shitalkuchi. There will be Shitalkuchi in several places. So be careful..." the commission said in its notice.

The Election Commission said that the remarks are "inflammatory" and "an open threat to the Bengal and its people".

Ghosh has been asked to explain his stand by 10 am on Wednesday.

The next phase of assembly elections in West Bengal will take place on April 17.

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