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Mamata's nephew sends defamation notice to PM

May 20, 2019

Abhishek Banerjee the Trinamool Congress leader and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has sent a defamation notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This is for the derogatory remarks that PM Modi allegedly made against him at a public rally last week at Bengal's Diamond Harbour.

The two-page letter asks PM Modi for an unconditional apology within 36 hours. It threatens "appropriate proceedings in case the apology is not issued.

In a strong attack on Abhishek Banerjee, PM Modi had said he would lose the elections this time and that once the results were announced, his office would be locked.

After the election results, the Bhatija's office will be under lock and key. I have been told that the office of the Bhatija has been built by encroaching roads in keeping with the great tradition of the TMC. Hasn't he done it this way? Illegally? - Didi, your party is amassing wealth through tolabazi (extortion). Why don't you obey the laws? Then why did bhatija encroach upon the road? Actually, habits die hard. The habit of loot does not go away. -Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Abhishek Banerjee, a sitting Member of Parliament, is seeking re-election from the Diamond Harbour seat, where he is fighting Nilanjan Roy of the BJP.

The legal notice to the PM says, "You threatened to lock up my client's office after the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are announced. My client feels that although such claims are spectacular, your malice only depicts your growing frustration with regard to my client's constituency. Such vile and vindictive statements are unbecoming of the post you hold and should be remedied immediately".

The notice goes on to sat, "Your statements denoted that he (Abhishek) is part of a syndicate involved in organised extortion, having secured unfair gains by dint of his political position.

The BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh said that the party was not bothered by the notice. "Such measures will not save him. Will he spend energy on serving legal notices or saving his party's MPs and ministers from the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)?

Separately, Mamata Banerjee sent a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora alleging that Election Commission of India (ECI) took "a number of illegal, unconstitutional and biased decisions during the election process because of undue influence on the Central government and the ruling party at the Centre.

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