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News18 Daybreak | EC Curtails Campaigning in WB After Violence During Amit Shah's Roadshow

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Updated:May 16, 2019, 7:06 AM IST
News18 Daybreak | EC Curtails Campaigning in WB After Violence During Amit Shah's Roadshow
A motorcycle set on fire in front of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar College in Kolkata during Amit Shah's roadshow on Tuesday.

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EC curtails campaigning in West Bengal ahead of final phase of polls, shunts out two senior officers

In an unprecedented move, the poll panel on Wednesday decided to curtail campaigning in nine Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal following the incidence of violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow.

The ban will come into effect from 10 pm today in the constituencies of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata.

The poll body also removed two senior state officials in West Bengal. 

Outrage and outpour: The incidence of violence and vandalism during the BJP chief’s Kolkata roadshow, in which the bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was desecrated, has sparked national outrage.  

The great luminary's kin was left shaken by the act of vandalism. "I don't have words to explain how this could actually happen here in Bengal," said Vidyasagar's great-grandson.  

The Trinamool Congress even took out a ‘padayatra’ in protest against the BJP, who they claimed were responsible for the vandalism. Meanwhile, BJP leaders including Nirmala Sitharaman staged a silent protest in Delhi and Kolkata against TMC.

'Emergency-like situation': Hitting out at the EC’s decision to put the ban into force at 10 pm (an EC enforced “silence period” usually starts at 5 pm), CM Mamata Banerjee said the time was only chosen to convenience the PM, who is addressing rallies in Mathurapur and Dum Dum today evening. 

“An emergency-like situation has arisen because of the EC decision... it is not the EC’s decision, it's a decision taken by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday termed as "prima facie arbitrary" the arrest of BJP's youth wing leader Priyanka Sharma for allegedly posting a morphed image of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.

The top court on Tuesday had granted bail to Sharma but had directed the activist to tender an apology. The BJP youth wing activist, however, refused to apologise saying she had no regrets for what she had done.

Meanwhile, a day after Congress MLA from Rae Bareli Aditi Singh was attacked by goons, an FIR was registered against six people, including BJP Lok Sabha candidate and MLC Dinesh Singh.

AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi rushed to the constituency after the attack to take stock of the situation. She claimed BJP government’s hand in the incident and wondered, “What kind of democracy and governance is this?” 

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