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Election Commission curtails West Bengal campaigning after Kolkata violence

Election Commission curtails West Bengal campaigning after Kolkata violence

Alleging that Banerjee's Bengal was an example of misrule, Modi said the people of the state have made a decision to free themselves from the "autocratic rule of didi" in the coming days. The state chief secretary will look after the charge of the home secretary. "But this is not going to be the last", Kumar said.

Godda, Dumka (ST) and Rajmahal (ST) will be voting in the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19.

"Elections matter in Bengal much more than most other states because (the) party is the only form through which people tend to organise themselves", said Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, a political science professor at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.

"If a ban is intended for 72 hours, why is it starting at 10 pm tomorrow?"

The announcement follows violence in Kolkata during BJP President Amit Shah's roadshow on Tuesday.

"The Commission is deeply anguished at the vandalism done to the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar".

Modi also said that Banerjee was scared by the BJP wave in West Bengal.

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It said the observers pointed out that while on the surface, everything looks fine, in their frank interactions with the public the fear psychosis that is widely prevails comes out.

The Congress president while addressing the rally in Neemuch forming part of Mandsaur constituency, also took a dig at PM Modi recent suggestions in an interview, about clouds that helped Indian fighter planes escape the Pakistani radars during the Balakot strikes.

The EC has barred election campaigning in Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took to Twitter to attack the Trinamool Congress after the EC's decision. It is hoped that the vandals are traced by the state administration. Yechury also said that the poll panel should've first acted against the perpetrators of violence before deciding to bar campaigning. "This is a classical case of breakdown of the Constitutional Machinery", he wrote.

The Trinamool Congress, led by firebrand politician Mamata Banerjee, who is a contender for prime minister, blamed the violence on the BJP and said it planned to hold a rally on Wednesday.

Members of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) got involved in violent clashes during Shah's roadshow in the College Street area on Tuesday after TMCP activists showed black flags to Shah and shouted slogans against him from outside the Calcutta University campus.