EC bars campaigning in Bengal from Thursday night

The Election Commission of India put a blanket ban on political parties on May 15 from campaigning activities in the 9 parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal with the growing incidents of violence and disruption in view, beginning on 16th May 10 PM.

This decision becomes an unprecedented move after violent classes during a road show taken out by President of Bharatiya Janata party Amit Shah in Kolkata after which BJP lodge a complaint with the poll panel.

The Election Commission was also approached by Trinamool Congress seeking intervention. Elections in these 9 constituencies are scheduled to be held on 19th May during the last phase and the 48-hour silence period was to kick in on the evening of 17th May.

This order bars election campaigning activities until the conclusion of elections on 19th May. The Election Commission of India also give directions that no person would be convening, attending, joining, addressing or holding any public meeting or procession in connection with the elections exercising its powers under the Constitution’s Article 324 for ensuring the conduct of free, peaceful and fair elections.

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