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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley interpreted the Election Commission's massive decision to cut short election campaigning in West Bengal ahead of the seventh and final phase of elections as a declaration that the state is currently witnessing Anarchy.
Taking to Twitter, Jaitley has cited the violence that has been witnessed in each of the 6 phases of the elections thus far and has written the following:
Calling it a classic case of breakdown of constitutional machinery, Jaitley adds:
His tweets and assessment come within minutes of the Election Commission announcing its unprecedented decision which also contained what is tantamount to sacking of two of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's top officers, Rajeev Kumar and Atri Bhattacharya.
Here are the three decision announced by the Election Commission during the presser on Wednesday:
The Election Commission's briefing came 24 hours after shocking violence was witnessed at BJP chief Amit Shah's poll rally in Kolkata, following which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday undertook a protest march.
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