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In unprecedented action, EC curtails West Bengal campaigning after Kolkata violence

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In first such action in India's electoral history, the on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine constituencies to end at 10 PM on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and workers in

In a hurriedly-convened press conference, said it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel.

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

The EC's action came a day after parts of witnessed wide-spread violence during Amit Shah's massive road show in A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar was also vandalised during the violence,

"This is for the first time such a measure has been taken using the EC's constitutional powers. But this is not going to be the last," Kumar said, referring to curtailment of campaigning period.

The EC also expressed "deep anguish" over the vandalisation of the bust and hope that the culprits will be arrested soon.

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

The constituencies where campaigning has been curtailed are -- Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar.

The order on curtailment of the campaigning was signed by and fellow commissioners and

The vandalisation of Vidyasagar's bust and clashes during Shah's road show in Kolkata on Tuesday triggered a fierce blame game between BJP and the

Shah, at a press conference here, alleged that Mamata Banerjee's was involved in vandalising the bust and unleashing violence during his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday as part of a "conspiracy" to blame the BJP.

On its part, the released videos to claim that "BJP goons" damaged the and said the videos not only establish what the saffron party did, but proved that Shah is a "liar" and a "dhokebaaz" (betrayer).

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 20:51 IST