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Article 324 first time used in West Bengal

Article 324 first time used in West Bengal

The Election Commission on 15 May invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to prohibit election campaigning in nine constituencies of West Bengal from 10 pm on Thursday until the conclusion of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19.

It took the decision in view of clashes between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress over the last 24 hours, which resulted in largescale vandalism and damage to an iconic statue of 19th Century social reformer Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar.

This is the first time Election Commission invoked Art 324 to cut short campaigning ahead of parliamentary polls in certain constituencies.

Article 324

Article 324 of the Constitution charts out the various powers and responsibilities of the country's Election Commission for ensuring free-and-fair polling across the country.

"The superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State and of elections to the offices of President and Vice President held under this Constitution shall be vested in a Commission (referred to in this Constitution as the Election Commission)". 

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