Following the Kolkata violence on Tuesday, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday night curtailed campaigning in West Bengal. Following the decision of the EC, the campaigning for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections will end at 10 PM tonight.
Meanwhile, the EC’s decision has drawn sharp criticism from the opposition on Thursday. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slammed the EC and termed its decision as unfair and unethical. Mamata questioned why the poll panel waited 24 hours to impose the electioneering restrictions and allowed PM Modi to finish his two rallies before the campaign ban.
Similarly, BSP chief Mayawati accused the EC of “acting under pressure”. She said that Mamata Banerjee was targeted by PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in a “planned manner”. “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,” said Mayawati.
On the other hand, the Congress said the EC gave up its integrity and now “takes orders from BJP HQ”. “The order of EC with respect to Bengal is an unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.