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A day after the Election Commission cut short campaigning in Bengal for the last round of the national election over violence during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata, 
A day after the Election Commission cut short campaigning in Bengal for the last round of the national election over violence during BJP president Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata, 
opposition parties closed ranks behind Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and accused the election body of submitting to the ruling BJP.
 
Mayawati, coming out in strong support of Mamata Banerjee today, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other BJP leaders of "planned targeting" of the Bengal Chief Minister in a "disgusting" and dangerous manner. "This doesn't suit the Prime Minister of the country," the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader said.
 
The Election Commission yesterday said campaigning would end at 10 pm on Thursday instead of 5 pm on Friday because of the clashes during which a statue of iconic reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was smashed. Mamata Banerjee accused the election body of an "undemocratic and biased decision" that benefits the ruling BJP because the campaign ban would start right after the Prime Minister was done with his rally in Bengal.
 
Mayawati echoed the view.
 
"The Election Commission has banned campaigning in West Bengal, but from 10 pm today just because the PM has two rallies in the day. If they had to ban, then why not from today morning? This is unfair and EC is acting under pressure," Mayawati said.
 
"It is clear that PM Modi, Amit Shah and their leaders are targeting Mamata Banerjee, it is planned targeting. This is a very dangerous and unjust trend and one which doesn't suit the PM of the country," said the former chief minister.
 
The Congress said: "This is an unpardonable betrayal of the constitution. The EC has become a pawn in the hands of the Modi-Shah duo."
 
Its order was aimed "solely at giving a free pass to the PM's rallies," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, questioning whether the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) had become "Modi Code of Misconduct".
 
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