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Audio War: BJP Releases Mamata Banerjee’s Audio, TMC Releases BJP-EC Nexus Audio

Pralay Pal, in a video released by the BJP, alleged on Saturday morning that Mamata Banerjee had dialled him up to urge him to canvass for her and TMC in Nandigram.

After BJP leader Pralay Pal claimed that Mamata Banerjee called him to seek his help for Nandigram, the audio war has added fuel to the already raging fire between the TMC and the BJP, with the TMC releasing a counter audio alleging a nexus between the saffron party and the Election Commission.

On Saturday, while voting was underway for Phase 1 of the assembly poll in the state, major controversy erupted on Saturday after BJP leader in Nandigram, Pralay Pal, made a sensational claim that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had called him herself, asking for his help to win the seat where she is pitched against her former aide Suvendu Adhikari.

Pralay Pal, in a video released by the BJP, alleged on Saturday morning that Mamata Banerjee had dialled him up to urge him to canvass for her and TMC in Nandigram. An audio clip of the alleged conversation is also doing rounds on the social media. The TMC, however, has claimed that the voice in the purported call recording is not verified.

Pralay Pal, in his allegations, said: “She wanted me to work for her and return to TMC but I have long been associated with Suvendu Adhikari and the Adhikari family. I am now working for the Bharatiya Janata Party.”

As the clip released by the BJP started doing rounds, the TMC countered it by releasing an alleged audiotape of a conversation between two leaders of the saffron party.

The ruling party in West Bengal has alleged that BJP’s Mukul Roy can be heard briefing party leader Shishir Bajoria on ways to influence the Election Commission {EC) in the purported audio clip.

Mukul Roy, in this purported clip, tells Shishir Bajoria that they must approach the EC asking for changes in rules so that others are allowed to be booth agents and not just in localities or else BJP won’t be able to give agents in a large section of booths, TMC has alleged.

During a press briefing, TMC claimed: “Days later the EC acted as was described on the phone.”

The Mamata Banerjee-led party has claimed that soon after the BJP made the representation before EC, the poll body changed the rules in favour of the party BJP without extensive consultation with other political parties.

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