The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday (March 19) issued a show-cause notice to Union Minister Babul Supriyo for putting out a campaign song, composed and sung by him, without prior permission, the officials said.
The music-video was posted on social media and local TV news channels aired it without certification from the Election Commission, Additional Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal Sanjay Basu said.
The singer-turned-politician, who is an MP from Asansol, has been asked to reply within 48 hours of receiving the notice, Basu said.
He said the Trinamool Congress has also filed a complaint about the content of the song, which is being looked into.
Paschim Bardhaman Students Library Coordination Committee has filed the written complaint at Asansol South police station saying the song, sung by Babul Supriyo, maligns the image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo has once again taken the lead and this time has made a song for his party in Bengal.
Sung in Bengali and taking potshots at Mamata Banerjee, the song was recorded in a studio in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The lyrics are written by Bharatiya Janata Party workers and supporters but have been edited by Babul Supriyo himself.
A few lines in the song allegedly hit out at the Trinamool Congress in Bengal.
Babul Supriyo said, “The song tries to bring out the truth. People are fed up with the Mamata government but are afraid to speak about it openly. A few snippets in the song are written by a young man named Amit. The song sheds light on the burning issues in Bengal like coal mafia or people who are up to such things in the state.”
Babul Supriyo said, “The song has a nice rhythm to it. It does not have a mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but is talking about the symbol of party and the BJP as a whole. The BJP is fighting Mamata government’s corruption.”
“Mamata Banerjee’s name is there in the song but it is also about kamal [BJP party symbol] blooming in West Bengal,” Babul Supriyo.
However, TMC leader Madan Mitra responded to this saying, “Babul Supriyo is trying to create rifts and riots through such songs. He should be behind bars for such activities.”
Babul said that this time “our motto is ‘Phutbe ebar Padma phool, Bangla Chado Trinamool’ (This time the lotus will bloom. Trinamool leave Bengal)”.