The Election Commission of India (ECI) has called an all-party meeting to ensure implementation of COVID-19 norms during election rallies. Meeting will be presided by Aariz Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), West Bengal at Kolkata Circuit House on April 16.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation also reached to attend the meeting. The discussion is underway.
Reacting on the Election Commission's decision over a 24-hour ban on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from election campaigning for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", party National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on April 15 said, "If EC has issued some guidelines, whether it's for my party or somebody else, everyone should have to follow the guidelines. We welcomed the Election Commission's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
After being banned by the Election Commission for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", WB BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, "It is fine. EC wants free and fair elections and this time the elections are little high voltage and this has been started by Mamata Banerjee. Every action has a reaction. EC has all the rights to ban someone if they think someone is not conducting well... Our party is not running by a single person. We have other members who'll hold rallies now. This is a day off for me. Unlike Mamata Banerjee, I am not protesting against EC's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.