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Mayawati comes out in support of Mamata Banerjee

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Rallying behind Mamata Banerjee, BSP supremo Thursday accused and of targeting the as part of a conspiracy and said it reflected a "dangerous attitude".

A day after the curtailed campaigning in West Bengal, charged that the poll body acted under pressure of the central government.

Addressing a press conference here, she said, "Everyday we are getting some kind of from Bengal for which the BJP and RSS are responsible."

"As far as election-related violence is concerned there, it can be seen clearly that BJP and the government led by PM and his chela (follower) Amit Shah, under a planned conspiracy, have been targeting the government," said.

"During elections, and her government are being targeted under a conspiracy to divert peoples attention from failures of the Modi government," the former charged.

The manner in which the 'guru' and 'chela' are after the government is also indicative of a "dangerous attitude which is not only wrong but unjustified," she said.

"Such a conspiracy to defame Mamata Banerjee and her government is unbecoming of a PM," she said.

Coming down hard on the poll body, she said, "It is unfortunate that the acted under pressure of the Centre in curtailing electioneering in while the PM could address two rallies today".

It is now clear that under the present Chief Election Commissioner, elections are not being held in a free and fair manner, Mayawati charged.

The curtailed campaigning in under pressure of central government, she further charged.

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 PM on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

had said thta it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel.

The EC's action came after parts of Kolkata witnessed widespread violence during Amit Shah's massive road show in the city. A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was also vandalised during the violence.

The order said it has been brought to the notice of the Commission that there have been growing incidents of disruption and violence during the political campaigns and processions in West Bengal during the ongoing elections.

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

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 12:50 IST