Just after the Election Commission of India had ordered that campaigning in nine parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal must end by 10PM (Thursday, May 16), MK Stalin, chief of DMK, took to Twitter to express his displeasure. The BJP and the AIADMK have asked him to check for facts.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India ordered campaigning in nine parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal to end by 10PM. This, in the wake of violence between the BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.
The move has left several opposition party leaders miffed. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) chief MK Stalin took to Twitter to say that EC has different rules for the opposition and the ruling party.
His tweet read, “Ban on campaign in nine constituencies in #WestBengal. The EC has one set of rules for the Opposition and another for the ruling party. Highly condemnable. The BJP follows a typical pattern. Vandalises Periyar statue in Tamil Nadu and Iswara Chandra Vidyasagar in West Bengal.”
Speaking to MyNation was BJP’s Narayanan Thirupathi, who said that throughout the country, there is peace in the election process, unlike in West Bengal.
“There is fear that Mamata will be defeated, which is why there has been such unrest,” added Narayanan Thirupathi.
About DMK’s allegation of BJP vandalising Periyar statue, Narayanan said, “The incidents took place either because of an individual or because of DMK’s own members. They have no right to criticize the BJP.”
AIADMK spokesperson, Kovai Sathyan chipped in about the allegations, “Stalin needs to check facts. Periyar statue was vandalised by his own party members. Not any other party.”
Sathyan further said that these are all attempts to gain whatever little political mileage they can.
MK Stalin’s tweet comes just after the ECI had invoked Article 324 of the constitution to curtail campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19.
The nine parliamentary constituencies are Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata.
The ECI also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) and Additional Director General, CID from their postings in West Bengal.
On Tuesday, BJP and TMC supporters clashed on the streets of Kolkata during a massive roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah who had to cut short the event mid-way due to the violence.
The violence apparently began after suspected TMC supporters hurled stones at the BJP convoy from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College.
Furious BJP workers retaliated and during the clash, a bust of the polymath and philosopher inside the campus was damaged.
Shah, at a press conference in New Delhi, alleged that Mamata Banerjee's TMC was involved in vandalising Vidyasagar's bust and unleashing violence during his roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday as part of a "conspiracy" to blame the BJP.
The TMC released videos to claim that "BJP goons" damaged the statue and "hurt Bengali pride".
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Last Updated 16, May 2019, 3:55 PM