BJP leaders Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel, Nirmala Sitharaman and others take part in a silent protest against the clashes that broke out during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata yesterday. (Source: PTI)

Election 2019: Election Commission Curtails West Bengal Campaigning After Kolkata Violence

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 p.m. on Thursday night, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between Bharatiya Janata Party and All India Trinamool Congress workers in Kolkata.

The two parties have traded charges of inciting the violence during BJP president Amit Shah's massive road show in the state capital on Tuesday.

During the violence, a bust of Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised.

The Election Commission invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail the campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19.

The EC also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) and Additional Director General, Criminal Investigation Department from their postings in West Bengal.

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