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Lok Sabha elections 2019: EC cuts short election campaign in Bengal

Article 324 invoked for the first time

Mamata Banerjee

In an unprecedented move, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday said campaigning in West Bengal for the nine seats that go to the polls on Sunday will end nearly a day earlier. It also relieved two bureaucrats of their respective posts with immediate effect.  The EC said campaigning for the remaining Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal will end at 10 pm on Thursday instead of the scheduled end at 5 pm on Friday. EC officials said this was the first time they invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to pass such an order.  The order drew immediate reactions from Bengal ...