EC said that each case of pre-poll, poll day and post-poll violence is being closely monitored and “strict action would be taken against such perpetrators irrespective of their political affiliation.”
Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the two districts after a poll preparedness review, the poll panel has made a special intervention in this case.
The Trinamool Congress chairperson was given time till Friday morning to respond to the showcause notice after EC rejected the response from Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee.
Election Commission officials said campaigning can go on in adjoining areas of constituencies where it has already ended.
“We have asked the EC to immediately remove the chief electoral officer of West Bengal who is unabashedly allowing the TMC to flagrantly violate electoral laws and the commission’s orders,” said BJP.
“The responsibility of the post of CEO and Deputy Election Commissioner should be given to someone else,” Ganguly said.
Mamata Banerjee, reacting to the notice, said that the people of Bengal will ‘showcause’ the Election Commission on May 19 for issuing a notice against her on Bengali New Year.
All three election commissioners, CEC Nasim Zaidi along with commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat, will be in the state Thursday to review poll preparedness.
The BJP and Congress had recently moved the EC seeking removal of Kumar alleging that he was close to Mamata Banerjee and accused him of “snooping” on opposition leaders, bureaucrats and journalists.
While CPM alleges violence and booth capturing in various constituencies, Congress claims party candidate was beaten by TMC cadre.
Alleging booth capturing in Durgapur Paschim, Basu also complained about electronic voting machines not working properly in a booth of Bishnupur and another booth of Khragpur Sadar constituencies.
EC officials said the complaint stated that the cop did not stop a motorbike rally brought out by CPM leader Pankaj Ray Sarkar on Friday.
The Commission had issued similar directions ahead of phase one of polls in the two states last week.
The e-voting system is expected to be rolled out in three steps.
The EC justified the order, saying that advertisements of “offensive” and “misleading” nature vitiate polls and leave affected parties and candidates with little time to issue a clarification or rebuttal.