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Classic case of breakdown of Constitutional machinery in WB: Jaitley on EC action

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The cutting down campaign period in shows there is a classic case of breakdown of the Constitutional in the state, Jaitley said Wednesday.

In wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata during a roadshow by Amit Shah, the (EC) cut short campaign for nine Lok Sabha seats in by 24 hours.

The Commission banned the campaigning in the nine constituencies from 10 PM, Thursday. Earlier the campaign was to end on Friday.

A constitutional authority, the of India, has effectively held to be a "state in anarchy", said Jaitley in series of tweets.

Repeatedly escalating violence, state supported vandals, a partisan police and home department are the illustrations the ECI has given, he noted.

"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," the said.

The BJP and the TMC have traded charges of inciting the violence.

During the violence, a bust of Bengali icon Ishwar was vandalised.

The Election Commission invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail the campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19.

The EC also ordered the removal of (Home) and Additional Director General, CID from their postings in West Bengal.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 22:01 IST