Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday sent PM Narendra Modi a defamation notice for making “wildly fabricated allegations” against him at a rally last week.
Modi has been given 36 hours to apologise or face legal proceedings, according to the notice served by Banerjee’s lawyer, Sanjay Basu.
“… The malice with which you chose to invoke certain unverified, sensationalist and patently inaccurate information, ostensibly at the behest of your party members…has compelled my client to address you vide this letter,” said the notice, sent to the PM’s official residence and the BJP state headquarters.
“You (PM Modi) made certain wildly fabricated allegations with the sole intent to mislead the people you were addressing, in order to besmirch my client’s well-earned reputation. Your speech punctuated by false, malicious and defamatory content, was an embodiment of political calculation and mischievous intent,” the notice said.
At a rally in Diamond Harbour last week, PM Modi had said that the days of the “bua-bhatija” government in the state are numbered, a charge he has often made referring to CM Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
On the other hand, the state BJP has termed it as a “meaningless move” out of fear of defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.
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