New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has written to the Election Commission alleging violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “encouraging horse trading, by hinting that the members of the AITC (TMC) will cross over to the BJP, and using this lie to influence the voters and using this lie to persuade the voters.”

The letter, written on Monday, further read, “You are thus requested to ask PM Narendra Modi for evidence in support of his statement, failing which his nomination should be cancelled for violation of the MCC by making such provocative and undemocratic statements.” (Catch All Action of Lok Sabha Elections Here)

The complaint followed the PM’s speech in Bengal wherein he claimed that 40 of TMC MLAs were in touch with his party. “Didi, Dilli door hai (Delhi is far away for you). On May 23 when the results will come, lotus will bloom everywhere and your MLAs will desert you. Even today, Didi, 40 of your MLAs are in contact with me. Political ground has slipped from under your feet,” said PM Modi while addressing an election rally in Bengal’s Sreerampur.

TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O’Brien had said the party would approach the EC. “Expiry Babu PM, let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading.”

Later, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also lambasted the PM for his speech and called it ‘shameful’.

“Vikas (development) is asking… Did you hear the shameful speech of Pradhanji (PM)? After losing the faith of 125 crore countrymen, he (Modi) is now relying on the unethical assurance of defection allegedly given by the 40 MLAs. For this he shouldn’t be banned for 72 hours but 72 years,” he said.