After the violent clashes that broke out between the party members of the BJP and the TMC during the campaign of BJP’s Vice President Dilip Ghosh for the upcoming bypolls, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in Bhabanipur, where the incident had taken place. As Kolkata police imposed the section that prohibits the gathering of four or more than four people in a particular area, the Election Commission has warned the state government of post-poll violence.
From 6:30 pm on Tuesday till the voting ends on September 30, the section is supposed to stay in force in Bhabanipur. Although TMC has straight up rubbished the claims, BJP leaders have alleged that they, including the party Vice President were assaulted by the ‘goons’ of the Trinamool Congress. It is worth noting that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from Bhabanipur. Bengal Congress has reportedly requested the Election Commission to postpone the polls to after Diwali and Kali Puja. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury urged that elections should be held after these days as the date of 30 October had been decided upon without taking into cognizance the festive season of West Bengal. He has, in a tweet, also stated that “We are preparing to lodge protest to the Election Commission”.