Stopping Bengal campaign is gross over-reaction & an utter failure of EC

Stopping Bengal campaign is gross over-reaction & an utter failure of EC

Stopping Bengal campaign is gross over-reaction & an utter failure of EC

In Karnataka, the BJP claims it will get 20 seats, Odisha 8-13, West Bengal 13-23, Maharashtra 22, Rajasthan 24, Gujarat 24 and in Jharkhand, the party expects of getting 6 seats. Bust of Iswarchandra Vidyasagar was also damaged. He also alleged that the Election Commission has been a "mute spectator" in the West Bengal violence. It also ordered the removal of ADG (CID) in West Bengal police Rajeev Kumar, considered to be close to CM Mamata Banerjee, who had earlier sat on a dharna against the CBI's decision to question him in the Saradha scam case.

"This is probably the first time that ECI has invoked Article 324 in this manner but it may not be last", an election commission official said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Reading out a statement, Kumar said, the Commission is "deeply anguished" at the vandalism done to the statue of Ishwarchandra Bandyopadhyay (who was conferred the title of "Vidyasagar"). "He should report to MHA by 10 am tomorrow".

West Bengal has a history of election-related violence, initially between the communists who ran the state for almost three decades and the main opposition Congress party.

"Elections matter in Bengal much more than most other states because (the) party is the only form through which people tend to organise themselves", said Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, a political science professor at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.

"They pointed out that utterances of the AITC (Trinamool Congress) senior leaders on the lines of 'central forces will leave at the end of elections, while we will remain, sends a chilling message among the officers as well as voters alike", it said referring to the report of special observers Ajay Nayak, a former IAS, and Vivek Dubey, a retired IPS.

"A constitutional authority, the Election Commission of India, has effectively held Bengal to be a state in Anarchy".

More than 100 supporters of Modi's party were detained for violence in West Bengal on Tuesday, police said. BJP was not backing away from a fight either with Modi, while addressing a rally at Basirhat in the state, holding Banerjee responsible for the violence during Shah's Kolkata roadshow.

Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah's first roadshow in West Bengal's Kolkata had witnessed massive violence, arson and a police lathi-charge on Tuesday.

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