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Campaigning in WB to end tomorrow after EC's unprecedented action

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In an unprecedented action, the on Wednesday cut short the campaign period in by a day for the final phase of elections in view of the violence during Amit Shah's roadshow on Tuesday.

"No election campaigning to be held in nine parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal, namely Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata, from 10 pm tomorrow till the conclusion of polls," told media.

Campaigning was originally scheduled to end at 5 pm on Friday for the nine constituencies that will go to polls on May 19.

Tensions mounted yesterday after violence erupted during Shah's roadshow when the statue of iconic social reformer Ishwar was vandalised in a college named after him.

The decision was taken by the EC after the three-member commission held a meeting via video conference with the of and other officials in the wake of Tuesday's incidents over which BJP and the traded mutual allegations of being responsible for it.

The said this is probably the first time the EC has invoked Article 324 in this manner, adding that it may not be last in cases of repetition of lawlessness and violence which vitiate the conduct of polls in a peaceful manner.

"The Commission is deeply anguished at the vandalism done to the It is hoped that the vandals are traced by the state administration," he said.

The Commission also directed that the controversial police Rajiv Kumar, ADG CID, be relieved from his post and attached him to the "He should report to MHA by 10 am tomorrow."

It also relived Principal Secretary, of government from his current charge immediately for having interfered in the process of conducting polls. The will look after the Home Department, an EC order said.

The Commission also announced a ban on the sale of liquor and other intoxicating substances in polling areas of these constituencies till the end of elections.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 20:19 IST