After the violence brewed at BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday evening, the Election Commission has cut short the campaign for the last round of voting in Bengal. While the BJP hailed the Commission’s decision as validation of their complaint that Bengal has descended into anarchy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it was “undemocratic” and a “gift for BJP”. Mamata also said she had never seen this type of EC which is “biased and full of RSS people”.
“There is no such law and order problem in West Bengal that Article 324 can be clamped. It is an unprecedented, unconstitutional, unfair, unethical and politically biased decision” against which the state will move the Supreme Court, she said.
Earlier in the day, Amit Shah had slammed the EC in a press conference, saying, “I want to tell the Election Commission that it has become a mute spectator to attempts to rig polls in West Bengal. It should immediately intervene.”
In a six-page order, the commission took the unanimous view that some “special measures are urgently needed to arrest the prevailing situation in these nine parliamentary constituencies” to create a conducive law and order situation to hold free, fair and peaceful elections.
The EC has ordered that all campaigning must end by 10 pm on Thursday, a day before schedule. Campaigning for the seventh phase of the general elections was to end at 6 pm on Friday.