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Mixed reaction to EC's decision in Bengal

IANS  |  Kolkata 

There were mixed political reactions in on Wednesday over Election Commission's decision to curtail campaigning for the remaining nine seats of the state where polling is due for the last phase of on May 19.

In the wake of violence, the today took an unprecedented step of cutting down on poll campaign in the state by a day as it ordered stoppage of electioneering from 10 pm on Thursday.

The EC invoked, for the first time, Article 324 of the Constitution, which gives the poll panel special powers to control and give directions for holding elections.

Without questioning the EC decision, Bengal said: "We don't want to oppose the EC decision. Though our democratic rights have been curbed, we don't want to criticise the order seeing the law and order situation of the state, especially what happened yesterday (May 14)".

Mitra said that sensing the law and order failure, the EC took such a decision.

On the other hand, said that EC in a way "did not ensure proper order in the state from the very beginning".

"It is EC's duty to ensure free and fair elections, but why are the criminals still roaming around? The EC has to guarantee that people are able to cast their vote fearlessly," he said.

BJP's chief said: "It is unfortunate that the candidates did not get their stipulated time, but I think commission took the decision following lack of faith in the "

He accused the of threatening rivals and talking about revenge.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 22:54 IST