In the first major outbreak of violence during West Bengal assembly elections, five persons were killed, including four in a firing by CISF personnel, while five candidates were attacked during the fourth phase of polling in 44 seats on Saturday, triggering a political firestorm.
While the three-phase election in Assam and the single-phase polls in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry are over, the fourth leg of the eight-phase West Bengal assembly election is being held on Saturday.
In his complaint, Satheesan Pacheni said the chief minister’s statement was in violation of the third paragraph, part one of the code of conduct, which barred requests or references that would appeal to religious or caste sentiments for electoral benefits.
The Election Commission had on Friday banned the grand finale of the public campaign in the backdrop of COVID-19 spread. Following this, the political parties in the state had been holding vehicle rallies instead of processions and gatherings.