EC cuts short poll campaign period in West Bengal after violence

Campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday night.

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday night (May 16), a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

The two parties have traded charges of inciting the violence during BJP president Amit Shah’s massive road show in the state capital on Tuesday.

During the violence, a bust of Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised.

The Election Commission invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail the campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19.

The EC also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) and Additional Director General, CID from their postings in West Bengal.