EC Slaps 24-Hour Campaign Ban On Ex-Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay For 'Sexist' Remarks Against Mamata

On Tuesday, the Election Commission censured Abhijit Gangopadhyay, the BJP candidate for the Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency, for making derogatory remarks about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a public rally. The poll body has barred Gangopadhyay from campaigning for 24 hours, starting at 5 pm on May 21, 2024.
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The Election Commission on Tuesday censured Abhijit Gangopadhyay, the BJP candidate for the Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency, for his derogatory remarks aimed at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a public rally. In its order, the poll body barred Gangopadhyay from campaigning for 24 hours, starting at 5 pm on May 21, 2024.
The Election Commission also issued a stern warning to Gangopadhyay, advising him to be cautious in his public statements during the Model Code of Conduct period.
"This, the Commission hereby strongly censures Abhijit Gangopadhyay for the above-said misconduct and debars him from campaigning for 24 hours starting from 17.00 hrs of 21st May, 2024. The Commission also strictly warns Abhijit Gangopadhyay to remain careful in his public utterances during the currency of Model Code of Conduct," an official statement by the Election Commission read.
On Friday, the Trinamool Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Gangopadhyay, alleging that he made "sexist" remarks against Mamata Banerjee.
In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal, TMC leader Derek O'Brien referenced the remarks: "'Mamata Banerjee, how much are you being sold for? Your rate is 10 lakhs, why? Because you're getting your make-up done by Keya Seth? Mamata Banerjee, is she even a woman? I keep wondering sometimes.'"
The leader further wrote in his letter: "This clearly shows the misogynistic conduct of the BJP candidate. It is unfortunate that, having held a prominent position in the judiciary, he has chosen to attack the dignity of women, especially one who is holding a position of power."
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