Millennium Post (Kolkata)

TMC files plaint with EC, says Babul Supriyo insulted BR Ambedkar


KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP leader Babul Supriyo for allegedly defiling the preamble of the Constituti­on of India in a tweet on the birthday of BR Ambedkar on April 14.

Supriyo who is the BJP candidate from Tollygunge Assembly seat had tweeted offering tribute to BR Ambedkar — the architect of the Indian Constituti­on on his birth anniversar­y. Along with the tweet he attached a preamble of the Constituti­on and marked it as “Annexure A”.

The preamble that he tweeted had the words “Socialist” and “Secular” omitted.

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’ Brien in his complaint with the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has alleged that Supriyo had insulted BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversar­y by defiling the Constituti­on of India.

As pointed out by O’ Brien, Supriyo’s action is an offence under Section 2 (Insult to Indian National Flag and Constituti­on of India) of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971, which is punishable by imprisonme­nt for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or both. He had urged the Commission to take action against him. He had also marked a copy of the letter to Kolkata Police Commission­er for starting a case under relevant sections.

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