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West Bengal Assembly Elections | My phone is being tapped, will order CID probe: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged that her phone is being tapped and said her government will order a probe by the CID. 

She was addressing a rally in Galsi in Bardhaman, a day after the BJP released audio tapes where she is heard speaking to her party candidate at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar after four persons were killed when Central forces opened fired on the polling day on April 10. 

“They [BJP leaders] are eavesdropping even on our everyday conversation. It seems they are tapping our phone calls ….I will order a CID probe into the issue. I will not spare anyone involved in such snooping activities,” said said. She said she knows who are behind the issue. 

While the BJP leadership alleged that the conversation in the audio tape proves that the TMC was doing “politics over bodies”, the Trinamool leadership said there was nothing wrong in the audio tapes. 

Senior TMC leaders on Saturday also wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer alleging that tapping the Chief Minister’s phone by the BJP is an illegal act. They said tapping the phone was violation of the right to privacy of the Chief Minister. 

At another rally in Purbosthali, the Chief Minister accused the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of aggravating the COVID-19 situation in the State. 

“They [BJP] leaders have come from outside and occupied all the hotels and guest houses and all of them are COVID positive. Now after all this if the COVID cases rise in Bengal then Narendra Modi and BJP will be responsible for it.”

The Trinamool chairperson said her party has sought clubbing the remaining three phases (April 22, 26 29) but the Election Commission has reduced the time for campaign. 

“This means that we can campaign for fewer days. Just because Narendra Modi has no more programmes and there is no crowd at Amit Shah rallies, the ECI has done this.” 

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