Within two days of filing her nomination for the high-octane Bhabanipur bypoll, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal received a notice from the returning officer concerned. Priyanka Tibrewal (40) has been pitted against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in the September 30 bye-election.
In the notice issued on Wednesday, the returning officer says Priyanka Tibrewal violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and Covid-19 norms on the day of filing her nomination.
"It appears that you have violated the ECI guidelines with respect to the number of vehicles allowed in a procession and the provision regarding no procession before and after the filing of nomination," the notice read.
The returning officer had asked Priyanka Tibrewal to reply to the notice by 5 pm Wednesday and explain why permission for her rallies ahead of the bypoll should not be revoked.
However, BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal said she had not violated any rules and it is the prerogative of Kolkata Police to remove vehicles on the road.
Priyanka Tibrewal with Suvendu Adhikari, Arjun Singh after filing her nomination in Kolkata on Monday | PTI
"It is an attempt to stop me from campaigning by making such complaints against me to ECI. I am not responsible for the other cars apart from the two cars that were with me and Suvendu Adhikari was in the car with me. I had only one other car for my security," Priyanka Tibrewal said.
The BJP leader added that she would file an official response to the Election Commission of India (ECI).
On Tuesday, the BJP had objected to CM Mamata Banerjee's nomination for Bhabanipur citing a lack of details of alleged criminal records in her nomination papers.