News By/Courtesy: Ambuja Jain | 18 May 2019 20:38pm IST

The Election Commission of India, a Constitutional body, which is responsible for conducting elections to the parliament and state legislatures. Article 324 of the Indian Constitution vests power of ‘superintendence, direction and control’ of elections to the Election Commission. The power of superintendence, direction, and control has a wider meaning and goes much beyond mere logistics. Its main task is to ensure that elections are ‘free and fair’.

While exercising this power, the Election Commission on Wednesday decided to bar election campaigning in West Bengal from 10 pm on 15 May. The Election Commission issued a statement that ‘no person shall convene, hold, attend, and join any public meeting in connection with the election.’ The EC took this step in light of growing incidents of disruption and violence during the political campaigns/processions in the state. The Commission further said that ‘the observers pointed out that while on the surface everything looks fine, but in the frank interactions with the public the fear psychosis that is widely prevalent come out. They also pointed out that utterances of AITC senior leaders on lines of ‘Central Forces will leave after elections while we will remain’ sends a chilling message among the officers as well as voters.’

After which several political parties like Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), CPM, Samajwadi Party (SP) joined the chorus in criticizing ECI, the parties completely ignored and overlooked, constitutional provisions, numerous High Courts and Supreme Courts judgements, and legal precedents while attacking the commission. The parties termed this as an emergency situation and called the EC decision to be BJP decision.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 18 May 2019 20:41pm IST

Tags : #Article_324 #Indian_Constitution #Election_Commission #Invoked #West_Bengal

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