Mamata Banerjee slams EC for curtailing Bengal campaign

A furious Wes Bengal Chief Minsiter Mamata Banerjee has lashed out at the Election Commission for curtailing campaigning in West Bengal, saying the poll body was functioning on the behest ofthe BJP.

Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata Banerjee said, “Today, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”.

Mamata further declared she would not be silenced, and said the decision taken under section 324 of the Representation of the People Act to curtail the campaign period was not legal as there was no law and order problem in her state.

Meanwhile, the BSP chief Mayawati accused the poll panel of “acting under pressure” while the Congress said the EC has “lost its independence”. Mayawati said the poll panel was being “unfair” and the campaign ban was enforced from Thursday night to help PM Modi finish his rallies in Bengal.

“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,” Mayawati said. The BSP chief said PM Modi and Amit Shah were targeting Mamata Banerjee in a “planned manner”. She cautioned that it was a “very dangerous and unjust trend” and one which doesn’t suit the PM of the country.

The Congress said the EC was once known for its objectivity, non-partisan stand but it seems it now “takes orders from BJP headquarters”. “The Election Commission has abdicated its integrity,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

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