EC's move an 'unconstitutional, unethical gift' to BJP: Mamata

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2019

She was seen waving to locals lined up on the streets in large numbers as her convoy passed through the city.

In today's featured cartoon, Mika Aziz weighs in on the clashes that broke out in West Bengal Tuesday between TMC and BJP supporters during BJP president Amit Shah's Kolkata rally.

Amid surging threats of violence during the last phase of polls in West Bengal, the Election Commission on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of cutting short the electioneering for nine Lok Sabha constituencies, scheduled to go to polls on Sunday, by a day. "I fully support Mamata ji in her fight to stop the undemocratic march of the two and a half men who have used and abused every institution of our country for their own gain". "I assure you that I will not file an FIR against you and will graciously accept the photo", he said.

"An FIR has been lodged against me". "Just two days ago, Didi had declared that she would teach BJP a lesson and she has made good her threat by organising an attack on the roadshow of the BJP president. Violence didn't take place in 6 phases of elections anywhere but Bengal which proves that TMC is responsible for it", Shah said in a press conference.

Banerjee also alleged that Shah was exclusively responsible for carrying out Tuesday's violence in the city which was a "pre-planned criminal conspiracy".

He said he was told by police that the permission for the roadshow ended near the college and that he will be taken to the ancestral home of Swami Vivekananda on Bidhan Sarani. "I was not allowed to reach Swami Vivekananda's house to pay tributes and I am saddened by it", Shah claimed. Addressing a presser, Shah blamed Banerjee for Tuesday's clashes between ABVP and TMCP supporters at a rally in Kolkata.

Tensions mounted yesterday after violence erupted during Shah's roadshow when the statue of iconic social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised in a college named after him. Several people were also arrested for violence.

Banerjee claimed the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal. "There is a limit to humiliation and insult", she said.

"I hate your ideology, I hate your ways", she said and announced a protest rally on Thursday against the vandalisation of Vidyasagar's bust. The TMC and its allies held rival protests in Kolkata.

Opposition parties on Wednesday criticised the Election Commission's order to curtail campaigning time in West Bengal for the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with some questioning if the timing of the order favoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Attacks on BJP workers as well as on the vehicles of ministers and candidates have been recorded from across the state.

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