Mamata, PM Modi trade barbs as bitter poll campaign ends in Bengal

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New Delhi, Could 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday educated gun at one another over the destruction of the Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar statue in Kolkata throughout violence that broke out throughout Amit Sha’s roadshow on Tuesday.

These rallies had been held simply earlier than the Election Fee’s ban on campaigning got here into impact from 10 pm, 20 hours forward of schedule.

Whereas Modi mentioned the Trinamool Congress is making an attempt “to erase evidence on the attack,” Banerjee focused him for providing to lift a “giant statue” of Vidyasagar within the north Kolkata faculty the place it was vandalised.

The prime minister, then again, claimed that Banerjee was “frustrated over her imminent defeat” and had threatened to place him behind bars after the final elections. Addressing a rally in Mathurapur within the night, Modi claimed that the West Bengal Police, in connivance with the state authorities, was making an attempt to wipe out proof of statue desecration in Kolkata.

The Chief Minister additionally claimed that Bengal is “under attack” and didn’t spare the Election Fee both.

“Election Commission has sold themselves out to the BJP,” mentioned Ms Banerjee who’s upset by ECI to chop brief the marketing campaign for the final section of polls by 17 hours.

When Mamata asked crowd to chant ‘chowkida r chor hai’

Earlier within the day Banerjee thanked Congress get together and leaders of different events together with, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati for “expressing solidarity and support against biased actions under the directions of the BJP”.

A number of Opposition leaders prolonged their assist to the Trinamool supremo and in addition accused the ballot watchdog of being “biased”. Bahujan Samaj Celebration chief Mayawati charged that Mamata was being focused as a part of a conspiracy to divert consideration from the failures of the Modi authorities.

Aam Aadmi Celebration chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal additionally got here out in assist of his Bengal counterpart and questioned why the ballot panel ordered marketing campaign be stopped in Bengal at 10 pm right this moment after Modi’s rallies within the state.

Nationwide Convention chief Omar Abdullah mentioned the saffron get together’s try and “polarise” the voters within the state will come to nothing because the TMC will sweep the Lok Sabha polls within the state.

Three opposition events, together with the Congress, on Thursday approached the Election Fee over its order curbing the time interval for campaigning in West Bengal, terming it “violative” of the doctrine of level-playing discipline and urged the ballot physique to offer a minimum of half a day extra for electioneering.

In a primary within the nation, campaigning for 9 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal going to polls within the final section got here to an finish at 10 pm on Thursday, 20 hours earlier than the scheduled time, in response to Election Fee orders.

The Election Fee had invoked Article 324 in view of the violent incidents throughout campaigning in West Bengal.

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