Mamata stages dharna over 24-Hour campaigning ban by EC

Yesterday, the EC had notified that it was barring the Bengal CM from campaigning for 24 hours.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee sat on a dharna on Tuesday at Gandhi Murti in Kolkata as a mark of protest against what she called the Election Commission of India's "unconstitutional decision" to bar her from campaigning for 24 hours in the ongoing state assembly polls.


The poll panel's order had come after Mamata's remarks against central forces and a statement which had alleged religious overtones. Yesterday, the Election Commission had notified that it was barring the Bengal CM from campaigning for 24 hours from 8pm on Monday till 8pm on Tuesday.


The poll body said that she had made "highly insinuating and provocative remarks laden with the serious potential of the breakdown of law and order and thereby affecting the election process" and advised her "to desist from using such statements while making public utterances during the period when Model Code of Conduct is in force."


The development came ahead of the fifth phase of the assembly polls in the state on April 17.


Reacting to the ban imposed on her, Mamata said that the order was "undemocratic and unconstitutional" and announced that she will sit on dharna on Tuesday at Gandhi Murti in Kolkata from 12 noon.

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