They puzzled the timing of the verdict and termed it “unconstitutional”.
The EC’s motion got here an afternoon after portions of Kolkata witnessed standard violence right through BJP president Amit Shah’s large street display within the town. A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar used to be additionally vandalised right through the violence.
“This will be the first time when EC has invoked Article 324 on this way but it surely will not be the closing in circumstances of repetition of lawlessness and violence which vitiate the behavior of polls in a calm and orderly way,” Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar stated.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee stated it’s an “remarkable, unconstitutional and unethical present” to High Minister Narendra Modi by means of the ballot panel. The West Bengal leader minister additionally stated she had by no means noticed this sort of Election Fee which is “filled with RSS folks”.
“There’s no such regulation and order drawback in West Bengal that Article 324 can also be clamped. It’s remarkable, unconstitutional and unethical. It’s in fact a present to Modi and (BJP president) Amit Shah,” she claimed in a press convention.
Wondering the Election Fee’s choice, CPI(M) common secretary Sitaram Yechury requested if the ballot frame had set the time to permit Modi to deal with two rallies within the state.
“If a ban is meant for 72 hours, why is it beginning at 10 pm the following day? Is it to permit the 2 rallies of the PM earlier than that?” Yechury tweeted in a while after the EC’s announcement.
Modi is scheduled to address rallies in Laxmikantapur and Dum Dum in West Bengal on Thursday afternoon.
“The verdict by means of the EC to prevent campaigning an afternoon prematurely isn’t understood. The very first thing being anticipated by means of EC used to be motion in opposition to the lumpen components of BJP and TMC for violence the day past. Why has no motion been initiated?” the CPI(M) chief requested.
Congress additionally got here down closely at the Election Fee, pronouncing it’s been a “shameful fall for a once-independent constitutional frame”.
Birthday celebration spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated using Article 324 by means of the EC is an “unpardonable betrayal of the Charter” because the ballot frame has did not care for a level-playing box.
Congress chief Ahmed Patel additionally tweeted on Wednesday:
Rallying in the back of Banerjee, BSP supremo Mayawati stated that the West Bengal leader minister is being focused as a part of a conspiracy to divert consideration from screw ups of the Modi govt.
It’s now transparent that below the prevailing Leader Election Commissioner, Lok Sabha polls aren’t being held in a at no cost and honest way, the previous Uttar Pradesh leader minister informed journalists.
The Election Fee curtailed campaigning in West Bengal below force of central govt, she additional charged.
(With PTI inputs)