EC curtails campaigning in West Bengal by one day

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In an unprecedented move, Election Commission has cut short the campaigning period in nine Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal in view of yesterday's violence in Kolkata.

The Commission has directed that after 10 pm tomorrow, there will be no public meetings or rallies, display of election matter and other election campaign-related activities. The campaigning for the seats was scheduled to end at 5 pm on Friday.

Briefing media in New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said, the order will be effective for constituencies of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Daimond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Uttar and Kolkata Dakshin Constituency.

He said, this is probably for the first time such step has been taken by the poll body in exercise of its powers under Article 324. He said, the Commission expresses deep anguish at the vandalism done to the statue of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.

The Election Commission has relieved State Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya from his post for interfering in conduct of elections by directing State Chief Electoral Officer. West Bengal Chief Secretary will look after Home Department.

EC has also removed ADG (CID) of West Bengal Rajeev Kumar from his responsibility and ordered him to report at the Ministry of Home Affairs by tomorrow 10 AM. (AIR NEWS)

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