Imposing campaign ban after PM Modi’s rally unfair, says Mayawati

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LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Thursday accused the Election Commission’s decision to cut short poll campaign in Bengal after the violence broke out during  BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow.


She also accused poll panel of acting under pressure and added that the poll panel was being unfair.

Mayawati also pointed out that campaign ban was enforced from Thursday night to help PM Modi to finish his rallies in Bengal.

“It is very sad that the Election Commission has banned campaigning in West Bengal, but from 10 pm today just because PM has two rallies in the day. If they had to ban then, why not from today morning? This is unfair and EC is acting under pressure,” ANI reported Mayawati as saying.

Earlier, the Election Commission decided to cut short the campaign period in the state after the violence broke out during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow on Tuesday.

"No election campaigning to be held in nine parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal, namely Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata, from 10 pm tomorrow till the conclusion of polls," it had said.

Campaigning was originally scheduled to end at 5 pm on Friday for the nine constituencies that will go to polls on May 19.

Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

Result of the seven-phase general elections will be declared on May 23.

 

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