If we tolerate bias of Election Commission, there won't be democracy; will move Supreme Court to lay down Lakshman Rekha for EC: Mamata Banerjee

3rd May,2021

If we tolerate bias of Election Commission, there won't be democracy; will move Supreme Court to lay down Lakshman Rekha for EC: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee, who led the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to a historic victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections, told the press on Sunday that the party would petition the Supreme Court to regulate the powers of the Election Commission (EC) in the wake of the "horrors" and "bias" the party allegedly faced from the EC prior to the elections. She said that she would appeal to other political parties to join her in filing a joint petition with the Supreme Court in this regard, stating that if the EC's biassed behaviour is "tolerated," India's democracy would be jeopardised. “We've had to deal with the horrors of the Election Commission. "In the end, I'll go to the Constitution Bench because whatever they've done in Bengal this time, the bias, if we accept it, there will be no democracy in India," she said. As a result, the poll body's powers should be limited, and three nominated individuals should not be allowed to rule the country.
I would also make an appeal to all other political parties. We'll just head to the Supreme Court together. We'll ask the Constitutional Court to set certain limits for the EC, Lakshman Rekha. Only three people have been elected, and as retired officials, they are unable to govern the country she said The TMC had repeatedly criticised the EC in the run-up to the polls, accusing it of siding with the BJP. The EC's handling of allegations of breaches of the Model Code of Conduct against BJP leaders and the scheduling of elections in the state in eight phases were also highlighted in this regard.