New Delhi । Today is the last day of campaigning in West Bengal, after the Election Commission curtailed the campaigning in the state following violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata. The campaigning is set to end at 10 pm today, a day before the scheduled deadline. On last day PM modi is set to address two rallies in West Bengal whereas West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also scheduled rallies and Padyatra.
Narendra Modi will address one rally at Mathurapur and another at Dum Dum.
The six phases of Lok Sabha Elections in West Bengal so far has seen an unprecedented wave of violence and clashes between BJP and TMC workers. The situation forced the poll panel to act and curb the period of campaigning before the last phase on May 19.
Terming the prohibition of campaigning in West Bengal a “dark spot on India’s democracy”, the Congress accused the Election Commission (EC) of “completely abdicating” its constitutional duty” to ensure a level playing field and said the EC should submit before the people and answer for its conduct and actions.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has termed as ‘disturbing’ the Election Commission’s action cutting short the election campaign in West Bengal by a day and has said that the poll panel’s integrity is at stake.
BSP President Mayawati alleged that the Election Commission’s decision to curtail campaigning in West Bengal was taken under pressure from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Election Commission’s decisions to curtail election campaigning and remove two senior officers have been taken on the direction of the BJP, its President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley termed Election Commission’s decision to cut short the poll campaign in the state a “classic case of breakdown of constitutional machinery”. However a delegation of BJP met Election Commission and urged to take TMC’s Supporters in custody who are responsible for violence.