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Classic case of breakdown of constitutional machinery: Jaitley on Kolkata violence

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Jaitley on Wednesday lauded the Election Commission's decision to cut short the poll campaigning in and called violence at Amit Shah's roadshow a "classical case of breakdown of the "

"A constitutional authority, the of India, has effectively held Bengal to be a state in Anarchy. Repeatedly escalating violence, state supported Vandals, a partisan police and home department are the illustrations the ECI has given," Jaitley tweeted.

"A free campaign is not possible and therefore the campaign has to be cut short. This is a classical case of breakdown of the Constitutional Machinery," he added.

The EC had earlier today cut short the campaign period in by a day for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections in view of the violence during 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.

During the violence that erupted on Tuesday, a statue of iconic social reformer Ishwar was vandalised in a college named after him.

Condemning the same, Governor said in a statement, "As of Calcutta University, I am greatly pained at the vandalising of The real culprit for breaking the statue must be traced out and suitably punished. Efforts should also be made by at the earliest to install a new statue of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar at the same place."

also took to and wrote, "Time to wake up, This very cult and ideology killed Mahatma and is now behind desecration of the bust of one of the greatest reformers Shri Ishwar ji. People of Bengal will give befitting reply to Modi-Shah led perpetrators of violence and hooliganism.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 22:52 IST