Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: Amit Shah to address six poll events in West Bengal today

Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: The Union residence minister will maintain three roadshows, two city corridor conferences and one public assembly, the BJP stated in a tweet

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Assembly Elections 2021 Latest Updates: Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah will maintain three roadshows, two townhall conferences and one public assembly at numerous locations in West Bengal on Sunday, the get together stated in a tweet.

Invoking its Constitutional powers, the Election Commission on Saturday put in place sure restrictions, together with extending the “silence period” from 48 hours to 72 hours, for the fifth section of polling in West Bengal after violence in Cooch Behar district.

It additionally barred the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for the subsequent 72 hours to forestall any doable regulation and order flare-up.

The resolution got here after 4 individuals had been killed within the district as central forces opened fireplace allegedly once they had been attacked by locals who “attempted to snatch their rifles” through the fourth section of voting on Saturday.

“The Election Commission of India further directs that the silence period for phase 5 (i.e. for polls scheduled on 17 April) shall be extended to 72 hours and no campaigning shall be permitted during 72 hours before the close of the poll in order to ensure the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections,” an EC order stated.

A complete of 45 seats will go to the polls within the fifth section in West Bengal.

The silence interval — when public campaigning together with rallies, conferences and press conferences can not happen — is usually for 48 hours.

The order additionally stated that in Cooch Behar, comprising 9 meeting constituencies (AC numbers 1 to 9) the place voting might be over by Saturday, no political chief from any nationwide, state or different get together needs to be allowed to enter the geographical boundaries of the district for the subsequent 72 hours.

“This comes into force with immediate effect,” the ballot panel stated.

The fee stated it’s issuing the order utilizing its powers underneath Article 324 of the Constitution of India. It additionally cited some Supreme Court rulings to assist its resolution to make use of constitutional powers.

The order additionally cited a joint report of its two particular observers Ajay Nayak and Vivek Dube.

The report stated that recourse to open fireplace by the CISF personnel grew to become “absolutely necessary” to be able to save the lives of the voters lined up on the polling sales space, these of different polling personnel and their very own lives because the mob had tried snatching their weapons additionally.

The order additionally stated the particular observers had not obtained the reviews of the district Justice of the Peace and the superintendent of police (SP) of Cooch Behar effectively after 5 pm although TV channels had been quoting the SP as saying since 3 pm that the CISF males opened fireplace “purely” in self defence.

The order stated it has been dropped at the EC’s discover that the final rites of the 4 individuals killed in firing had nonetheless not been accomplished and that some political leaders might go to the realm “with the ostensible purpose of condoling the bereaved families which however, has the potent to cause a law and order problem of major proportions in this place as well as the adjoining places”.

It additionally stated because the firing occurred in a confrontation with CISF, “the chances of central forces deployed in this area becoming or being made the butt of further grave provocation by groups of people cannot also be ruled out”.