General Election 2019: For the nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, the campaign ended on Thursday at 10 pm, where elections are to be held in the final phase.
New Delhi: General Election 2019: For the nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, the campaign ended on Thursday night at 10 pm, where elections are to be held in the final phase. This is happening for the first time in the country when the election campaign has been dissolved 20 hours before the scheduled time and that is according to the order of Election Commission.
The Election Commission said that the elections to nine parliamentary seats in South Bengal will be held on Sunday, where the fate of 111 candidates will be decided in the hands of 1,49,63,064 voters. The seats which will be held on Sunday include Kolkata North and Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbor, Jayanagar (reserved) and Mathurpur (reserved) seats.
In the first of its kind action in the history of Indian elections, the Election Commission ordered Wednesday to end the campaign on nine seats in West Bengal, not to end on Friday at six in the evening, at 10 pm on Thursday.
This order was given in the wake of the violence in Trinamool Congress and BJP workers during the roadshows of Amit Shah. Election Commission officials said that on Sunday to ensure free and fair polling, the commission has deployed 710 companies of Central forces for almost all nine polling stations.
Meanwhile, three opposition parties, including the Congress, met the Election Commission on this order and called it a “violation” of the principle of equal opportunities and appealed to the election body to give at least half a day for campaigning.