Kolkata violence was like Babri demolition, angry Mamata blasts EC for giving 'gift to Modi, Shah'

Kolkata, May 15: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday termed the Election Commission's decision to curtail campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in the state and remove two senior officers as an "unprecedented, unconstitutional and unethical gift" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the poll panel.  She alleged that the decision was taken on directions of BJP Amit Shah and PM Modi."EC is running under the BJP. There is no such law and order problem in West Bengal that Article 324 can be clamped. It is unprecedented, unconstitutional and unethical. It is actually a gift to Modi and (BJP president) Amit Shah, there is a conspiracy going on," she said.

Explaining how EC is helping BJP said she wondered why campaigning was not banned from Wednesday itself. She said that was because EC wanted to wait for two rallies of PM on Thursday. "If there was a law and order situation in Bengal then why didn't the EC ban campaigning from today. EC has banned it from tomorrow night. PM Modi has two election rallies in West Bengal tomorrow," alleged Mamata.

Mamata compared the violence to Babri Masjid demolition. “Goons were brought from outside, they created violence wearing saffron. Violence was similar to when Babri Masjid was demolished,” said the West Bengal CM

She also wondered whether the directives were due to the "threat" issued to the poll panel by Shah during a media meet in Delhi on Wednesday morning.

Addressing a hurriedly-convened media meet here, she said: "Some emergency situation has arisen due to some directions of the Election Commission. I don't consider these as EC's decision. These have been taken as per the direction of the BJP, Modi and Amit Shah."

"In the morning, Shah held a press conference in Delhi, where he threatened the Election Commission.

"Is this a fallout of that?" she asked.

Earlier, in the wake of violence in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Wednesday took an unprecedented step of curtailing poll campaign in the state by a day as it ordered stoppage of electioneering from 10 pm on Thursday on the remaining 9 Lok Sabha constituencies going to the polls on May 19.

The Election Commission also removed with immediate effect the state's Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya for "having interfered" in the poll process and relieved controversial IPS officer Rajeev Kumar from his post of ADG CID, with orders to report for duty in the Union Home Ministry in New Delhi tomorrow at 10 am.

News24 Bureau/ Agencies

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