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A day after the Election Commission cut short the campaign period in West Bengal by a day, BSP chief Mayawati, on Thursday, accused the EC of acting under pressure from the Central government. She slammed the government saying, the Trinamool Congress chief was being targeted as part of a conspiracy to divert attention from failures of the Modi government.

“Election Commission has banned campaigning in West Bengal, but from 10 pm today just because PM has two rallies in the day. If they had to ban then why not from today morning? This is unfair and EC is acting under pressure. We condemn this in the strongest terms. If a ban had to be imposed it should have been from today morning itself,” Mayawati told ANI.

She also attacked the Chief Election Commissioner of India and said, “This also proves that under the incumbent Election Commissioner the elections aren’t being conducted freely and fairly. This is very dangerous for democracy.”

The Election Commission, on Wednesday, had ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 PM on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata. Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar had said that it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel.

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