New Delhi: Congress has slammed the Election Commission’s decision to curtail campaign timing for the remaining nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal by a day due to violence. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said ECI’s decision over West Bengal clashes was an unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution.
Surjewala said the Election Commission decision will allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to campaign on Thursday, while meetings of other leaders have been impacted.
He said it was a “shameful fall for a once independent Constitutional Body”.
“Today is a dark day in the history of democracy. EC’s order on West Bengal negates the due process under Art 14 & 21 and abdicates its Constitutional duty under Art 324 to ensure level playing field. This is an unpardonable betrayal of the Constitution!”
The elections in the state have witnessed high levels of acrimony indulged in by major political parties.
The nadir was the vandalisation of reformist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust, a vile deed that has shocked all of Bengal.
Both the TMC and BJP have accused each other of the dastardly deed to defame the other side, and the police have launched an investigation.
Unnerved by the level of violence, the Election Commission, in an unprecedented move, cancelled campaigning in the state 24 hours of schedule, which again saw the state government and Centre trade fresh charges against each other.