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Shameful fall for once-independent EC: Cong on Bengal campaign curtailment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The came down heavily on the on Wednesday after it cut short the campaign period in West in view of violence, saying it has been a "shameful fall for a once-independent constitutional body".

said the use of Article 324 by the EC is an "unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution" as the poll body has failed to maintain a level-playing field.

"Today is a dark day in the history of democracy. EC's order on W.negates the due process under Art 14 & 21 and abdicates its Constitutional duty under Art 324 to ensure level playing field. This is an unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution!" he tweeted.

He alleged that the poll panel had failed to act on his party's complaints against and

"Over 11 complaints filed with EC against PM Modi & Amit Shah- No action. Violence by BJP and intimidation by Amit Shah-No action. Now, permit Modiji's rallies on 16th & ban all others. This is a shameful fall for a once independent Constitutional Body," he said in another tweet.

Polling for nine Lok Sabha seats in West will take place on May 19.

The sharp reaction came after the poll body took unprecedented steps by invoking Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail the campaign period and transferred key officials in the government.

The EC Wednesday ordered campaigning in the nine parliamentary constituencies in to end at 10 pm on Thursday night, a day before its scheduled deadline. Modi is scheduled to address rallies in Laxmikantapur and Dum Dum in

The EC's decision came in the wake of Tuesday's violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 00:45 IST