Slamming the Election Commission claiming it selectively banned poll campaign so as not to affect PM Modi's rallies, son of Congress Leader Sheila Dikshit and former Lok Sabha member, Sandeep Dikshit, on Saturday has said that the EC and the CEC Sunil Arora are spineless.
"You (EC) do not have the guts to ban a Narendra Modi rally. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and the entire EC is spineless. It is a shame to Indian democracy and Indian bureaucracy that such people work in EC," said Dikshit.
He also questioned the reason as to conducting polls in West Bengal in seven phases and has claimed that the EC is working like a 'Modi Bhakt'.
"What is the point of conducting polls in seven phases in West Bengal? They(EC) have purposely chosen specific days to vote in certain areas. The Election Commission is working at every step like a Modi Bhakt. If they were banning campaigning in West Bengal, why ban after the Prime Minister's rally? The violent incident had occurred two days ago. If you had to ban, you should have banned on that night for everyone," added Dikshit.
Earlier on Tuesday, violent clashes broke out during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in the heart of Kolkata, as sticks were hurled at Shah’s truck and even at the Police who were manning the crowd.
According to on-ground witnesses, alleged supporters of various political parties were seen throwing bricks and bottles. The witnesses further said that many of them have been seriously injured during the clash. The statue of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar had also been vandalised in the ensuing clashes.
Following this, the EC cut short the campaign in West Bengal by 24 hours starting at 10 PM on the following day. The Prime Minister and the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had held rallies on Wednesday in the state.
As soon as the ban was imposed, 20 opposition leaders including NC Chief Omar Abdullah, SP Chief Akhilesh Singh Yadav, TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu, BSP Supremo Mayawati among a few came in support to Banerjee protesting against the EC's decision.