Ex High Court judge, now BJP candidate gets notice from ECI for making ‘improper’ remark

Abhijit Gangopadhyay, former Calcutta High Court judge, who recently joined BJP, received a notice from the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday for passing some “improper, injudicious” remarks against the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during a poll rally on May 15.

The TMC also urged the ECI to take prompt action against Gangopadhyay. The show-cause notice was issued working on a complaint by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) against Gangopadhyay, who is the BJP candidate from Tamluk seat. The ECI later barred him from campaigning in the ongoing general elections for his “vulgar and uncouth” remarks against Banerjee at a public meeting. Gangopadhyay had made the remarks while campaigning in Haldia on May 15, while Tamluk is scheduled to vote on May 25.

The ECI in its notice to Gangopadhyay, stated that his comments were found to be “improper, injudicious, beyond dignity in every sense of term, in bad taste” and prima facie violative of the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). His remarks were also said to be against of ECI’s advisory to political parties.

TMC in its complaint to ECI, sought a FIR against Gangopadhyay. “Gangopadhyay’s vulgar and uncouth remark(s)/comment(s) are completely beyond the grounds of decency and morality. They not only lack decorum but also exhibit a blatant disregard of the only lady chief minister, Mamata Banerjee,” the TMC said.
“…It is unfortunate that Gangopadhyay, having held a prominent position in the judiciary, has chosen to attack the dignity of women, especially a woman holding a position of power, with the sole intention to further his political propaganda and to stay relevant during the current period of Lok Sabha election,” it added.

While Gangopadhyay did not opt comment on the controversy.

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