Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Home News Reports Election Commission cuts short election campaign in West Bengal due to violence, cites threats...

Election Commission cuts short election campaign in West Bengal due to violence, cites threats by TMC leaders

EC has also transferred two top officials of the West Bengal government for interfering in elections in the state.

Also Read

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Following the widespread violence observed during the elections in West Bengal, the Election Commission has taken the unprecedented step of cutting short election campaigning for the seventh phase of Lok Sabha election in West Bengal.

Polls are scheduled to take place in nine Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal in the seventh and last phase on 19th May, and campaigning in those constituencies was to end on 17th May as per rules. But keeping in view of large scale violence in the state, the poll panel has decided that no campaigning will be allowed in the nine seats after 10 PM on 16th May, thereby cutting short the campaign by 24 hours.

Addressing a press conference, the delegation said that this is probably the first time that ECI has invoked Article 324 in this manner but it may not be the last in cases of repetition of lawlessness and violence which vitiate the conduct of polls in a peaceful manner. Referring to violence during the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah yesterday, the Commission said that it is deeply anguished at the vandalism done to the statue of Vidyasagar, and it is hoped that the vandals are traced by the state administration.

- article continues after ad - - article resumes -

In a press released by the poll panel, it said that the Deputy Election Commissioner in charge of West Bengal visited the state on 13th May and took stock of the preparedness of polls in all nine constituencies that go to poll on 19th May. During the review, it was found that, “there is distinct resistance and non-cooperation from the district administration and district police when it comes to providing level playing field to all candidates for campaigning and in providing a fearless threat free environment to the voters. The Observers pointed out that while on the surface everything looks fine, but in their frank interactions with the public the fear psychosis that is widely prevalent comes out. They pointed out that utterances of the AITC senior leaders on the lines of ‘Central Forces will leave after the elections while we will remain’ sends a chilling message among the officers as well as voters alike.”

The press release said, “during last 24 hours representatives of various political parties have met the Commission and expressed their concerns on the prevailing conditions of law & order, and campaign related violent incidents are creating an atmosphere of fear and hatred in the polling areas which is affecting the overall electoral environment”.

It said that the “Commission is concerned about the safety and security of the general electors who have a right to access to the campaigns of all the political parties/ candidates in free, fearless and conducive environment”.

Considering the situation in West Bengal and based on the power vested on the commission under article 324 of the constitution and other laws, rules and court judgements, the Election Commission decided to end the campaigning in West Bengal 24 hours ahead of schedule.

Along with this, the EC has also transferred two top officials of the West Bengal government for interfering in elections in the state.

Shri Rajeev Kumar, JPS, ADO, CID, is relieved from his duties and transferred to Ministry of Home Affairs, and he is asked to join his duties in Delhi on 16th May. Shri Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, Home & Hill Affairs has also been relived from his post for having interfered in the process of conducting the election by directing CEO, West Bengal vide his D.O. Jetter No.629/HS/PA/ 19, dated 13.05.2019, the EC statement said.

The full order of ECI truncating the election campaign in West Bengal is given below:

[googleapps domain=”drive” dir=”file/d/1VqZGWaUPuprNT_6A0-O51MCxAEeHF6UN/preview” query=”” width=”640″ height=”480″ /]

- Support OpIndia -
Support OpIndia by making a monetary contribution

Trending now

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Latest News

French Church’s mega congregation in February linked to over 2500 cases of coronavirus across 4 countries

An evangelical church in Mulhouse, France organized an event in mid-February that has now been linked to at least 2500 cases of corona virus across four countries.

Coronavirus: No N95 masks or critical PPEs are being exported, govt allays fears in wake of claims on social media

On 29 March, India supplied 90 tonnes of medical protective equipment to Serbia to help the country in fighting the Chinese coronavirus outbreak.

Andaman and Nicobar: COVID-19 positive patients who had attended Tablighi Jamat event in Delhi misleading police over contact history, FIR lodged

The two Tablighi Jamat attendees, named Farzand Ali and S Rehman have been reportedly giving deliberate false information to the police over the persons they have met and places they had visited.

Coronavirus: Over 130 from Pune attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin, 60 traced, many untraceable

Over 130 people from Pune had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in New Delhi's Nizamuddin which has emerged as the latest hotspot for the contagion in India.

Delhi Police writes to Delhi govt demanding immediate action against 157 foreign nationals at Tablighi Jamaat, had warned them to vacate mosque, releases video

In the video, the SHO can be heard warning the organisers for allowing 1,500- 2,000 Muslims to stay inside the Markaz despite repetitive directives and warnings.

Recently Popular

We’re not rich like US, but we’ve Islam: Pakistan PM announces ways to fight Coronavirus

Imran Khan, in his address to his nation on March 30, praised China, the country which unleashed Wuhan coronavirus on rest of the world.

Tablighi Jamaat and its links to terrorist organizations: History of association to Al Qaeda, Taliban and Kashmiri terrorists

The links of Tablighi Jamaat with terrorist organizations such as the Al Qaeda become hugely significant.

Muslim clerics of Tablighi Jamaat exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 found spitting out on roads from buses

The Muslim clerics of Tablighi Jamaat suspected of suffering from COVID-19 were transported from Nizamuddin to medical centre for their treatment

Indian Cricketers shamelessly donating to Shahid Afridi Foundation to supposedly fight Coronavirus seem to have no self-respect: Here is why

Former Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are voicing their support for the Shahid Afridi Foundation despite the fact that the Pakistani cricketer on numerous occasions has made crass remarks about India and Hindus.

Uttar Pradesh: Maulvi booked for hiding Indonesian Muslims in a mosque in Bijnor, Muslims of other nationalities also found from other mosques

A Markazi mosque in Kaiserbagh area of Lucknow was found sheltering foreigners from Kyrgystan and Kazakhastan since March 13

Subscribe to our newsletter

Each morning, get an email to keep updated with all the news, opinions and analysis published by OpIndia.

Connect with us

216,818FansLike
267,808FollowersFollow
209,000SubscribersSubscribe
Advertisements