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Congress slams EC decision on poll campaigning in Bengal

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After the curtailed campaign timing for the remaining nine seats in by a day due to violence, on Wednesday slammed the poll panel's decision, terming it an "unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution".

said the decision will allow to campaign on Thursday while meetings of other leaders have been impacted.

He said it was "a shameful fall for a once independent Constitutional Body".

"Today is a dark day in the history of democracy. EC's order on negates the due process under Art 14 & 21 and abdicates its Constitutional duty under Art 324 to ensure level playing field. This is an unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution!"

"Over 11 complaints filed with EC against PM Modi & - No action. Violence by BJP and intimidation by - No action. Now, permit Modiji's rallies on 16th & ban all others This is a shameful fall for a once independent constitutional body," Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

The on Wednesday took an unprecedented step of curtailing poll campaign in the state by a day as it ordered stoppage of electioneering from 10 pm on Thursday on the remaining 9 constituencies going to the polls on May 19.

The also removed with immediate effect the state's (Home) Atri Bhattacharya for "having interfered" in the poll from his post of ADG CID, with orders to report for duty in the on Thursday at 10 am.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 02:36 IST