Campaigning for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal will end at 10 PM tonight. Election Commission last night curtailed the campaigning in the state following Tuesday’s Kolkata violence. Nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal will go to polls in the last phase on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said, it is for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel.
The Commission also ordered the removal of State’s Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from their posts. Election Commission also expressed deep anguish at the vandalism done to the statue of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
BJP President Amit Shah alleged that Mamata Banerjee’s TMC was involved in vandalising the bust and unleashing violence during his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday. Reacting to the development, West Bengal Chief Minister described the Election Commission’s decision as unconstitutional and unethical. She said, there is no such law and order problem in the state to apply Article 324.