Controversy broke out over an audiotape where TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee is heard calling BJP Party Leader for 'help'. Source- The Hindustan Times.
The West Bengal Election 2021 has started on the 27th of March. The election in the state is to be conducted in eight phases. The First phase of the Bengal Elections was on the 27th of March. This phase included 5 districts. These were- Paschim Midnapore Part-I, Purba Midnapore Part-I, Bankura, Jhargram, and Purulia.
On the evening of the 27th of March, an audiotape came forward. It was a recorded phone conversation released by the opposition party, BJP. The recorded call was between the Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and senior BJP leader Pralay Pal. This audiotape immediately went viral. The BJP claimed this was an attempt of the Trinamool Congress to meddle with the election result.
In response to the talk that spread over media, CM Mamata Banerjee admitted that she ‘called BJP Leader’. The controversy broke out because Mamata Banerjee was pleading to Pralay Paul to rejoin the TMC. If Pralay Paul rejoins her party, it will help her win the Nandigram Seat.
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee admitted she called Paul after receiving feedback. She claimed she got feedback that someone wanted to talk to her. So when she got the number, she called him up. Mamata Banerjee emphasized the fact that as a candidate, she has every right to call up a voter. She said this in the election meeting in Nandigram.
The TMC leader said, “I talked to him after getting his number. I told him to keep well and take care of his health. So, what is my crime?’’. Besides this, she also said, “But if someone makes the conversation viral, that is a criminal offense. Action should be taken against the person who made the conversation viral, not me”. Banerjee said that she will also continue to call up people in the same manner in the future.
Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP’s Bengal Minder and party general secretary, led a party delegation. On Saturday itself, he submitted the audiotape to the state’s chief electoral officer.
The BJP claims that Mamata Banerjee is using her power to influence the election outcome in the state.
In a tweet, the BJP stated, “Mamata Didi called the BJP vice-president of the district and asked for help. She is going to lose Nandigram this time. Their fear is clear.”
Nandigram is a fiery battleground of the WB Elections 2021. The TMC Chief, Mamata Banerjee, is standing against Suvendu Adhikari. He left TMC only a few months before the election and is now a part of the opposition party, BJP.