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Election 2019: Poll related violence compels ECI to prohibit campaigning in West Bengal

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New Delhi: After a series of poll-related violent incidents, including large-scale stone pelting, arson and rioting, the scuffle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party workers during BJP President Amit Shah’s road show in Kolkata on Tuesday, the Election Commission has stepped in and to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in West Bengal issued orders under Article 324 of the Constitution and all other enabling powers to bring down the curtain on campaigning in nine West Bengal parliamentary constitencies going to poll on 19 May.

After considering the inputs received from West Bengal, ECI has issued directives on Wednesday, 15 May 2019, to relieve Rajeev Kumar, IPS, ADG, CID, with imemdiate effect and attached him to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi by 10.00 am on 16 May 2019.

The Election Commission has also relieved Atri Bhattacharya, lAS, Principal Secretary, Home & Hill
Affairs, Government of West Bengal from the charge he was holding for having interfered in the process of conducting the election by directing the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal vide his D.O. letter
No.629/HS/PA/19 on 13.05.2019.

The West Bengal Chief Secretary will look after the additional charge of Home Secretary, West Bengal.

The Constitution in Article 324 has vested the responsibility of conducting free and fair elections to Parliament and State Legislatures and to the office of the President and Vice-President of India in the ECI.

On Wednesday, the authorities after delaying its response to a Supreme Court order, released on bail BJP activist Priyanka Sharma, who had been arrested two days ago for sharing a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Mamata meme

The ECI has directed that no person shall convene, hold, attend, join or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election or display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus, or propagate any election matter to the public by holding or by arranging the holding of any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attracting the members of the public in connection with the ongoing elections in West Bengal.

The ECI order says that no spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature shall be sold, given or distributed at a hotel, eating house, tavern shop or any other place, public or private, within polling areas in nine West Bengal constituencies – Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar till the conclusion of poll on 19 May 2019.

Click here for ECI order to prohibit campaign by all political parties in West Bengal

Click here for ECI order to relieve West Bengal officers of their charge with immediate effect

The letter that led to the immediate removal of the Principal Secretary Home and Hill Affairs, Government of West Bengal

Cauvery dispute: Modi appeals for peace and restraint

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PM Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has describe the situation that has emerged in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as a fallout of the issue of distribution of the waters of the Cauvery River, as distressful.

I am personally pained at the developments, the PM has said in a statement. Stating that violence cannot provide a solution to any problem, he has underscored that in a democracy, solutions are found through restraint and mutual dialogue.

Emphasising that dispute can only be solved within the legal ambit, Modi has said that violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation’s property.

Whenever the country has faced adverse circumstances, the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, just like people across the country, have always handled the situation with sensitivity, the PM has said and appealed to the people of the two States, to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities. He has asked them to keep national interest and nation building above all else, and give priority to restraint, harmony, and leave the path of violence, destruction and arson.

Cauvery protests: Riot, arson rock Bengaluru; 40 buses set on fire

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Bengaluru: Supreme Court’s latest order on Cauvery water issue asking Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu per day till 20 September today flared up passions leading  to violent protests in a number of border districts and prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in Bengaluru today after mobs torched 40 buses in the IT city.

About 200 protestors were detained after vehicles belonging to Tamil speaking transporters were targeted here..

According to Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwar , 27 Tamil Nadu registered vehicles were torched by miscreants in Bengaluru.