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DMK criticises EC over order on campaigning in West Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Opposition DMK in Thursday criticised the for curtailing campaigning in by 20 hours, throwing its weight behind Chief Minister TMC.

MK alleged the EC had different set of rules for the "ruling party", apparently referring to the BJP, and the opposition.

"Ban on campaign in nine constituencies in #WestBengal. The EC has one set of rules for the Opposition and another for the ruling party. Highly condemnable," he said in a tweet.

In first such action in India's electoral history, the EC had on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, following violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata during a roadshow by the

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

had earlier attended a TMC sponsored mega rally of opposition parties in Kolkata.

Referring to the vandalism of a bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, said the "BJP follows a typical pattern".

"The BJP follows a typical pattern. in and (that of) Ishwar in West Bengal," he said.

A had been arrested for damaging a statue of the Dravidian icon in last year, following which he was expelled from the party.

Further, H Raja had also courted controversy when he supported the removal of statues of the social reformer in Tamil Nadu.

His remarks had been made in the aftermath of a statue of Communist icon, Vladimir Lenin, being pulled down in after the BJP government assumed power in that state last year, unseating the decades-old Left front government.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 14:51 IST