Chennai| Jagran News Desk| After Mayawati and Congress, DMK has now supported West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and has criticised the Election Commission for banning campaigning in West Bengal by 20 hours.
DMK President MK Stalin questioned the EC and said that it had set different rules for the "ruling party".

"Ban on campaign in nine constituencies in #WestBengal. The EC has one set of rules for the Opposition and another for the ruling party. Highly condemnable," he said in a tweet.

In a first such action in India's electoral history, the EC had on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, following violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata during a roadshow by the saffron party chief Amit Shah.

Stalin had attended a TMC sponsored mega rally of opposition parties in Kolkata before.

Referring to the vandalism of a bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Stalin said the "BJP follows a typical pattern".

"The BJP follows a typical pattern. Vandalises Periyar statue in Tamil Nadu and (that of) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in West Bengal," he said.

A BJP worker had been arrested for damaging a statue of the Dravidian icon in Tamil Nadu last year, following which he was expelled from the party.

Further, BJP National Secretary H Raja had also courted controversy when he supported the removal of statues of the social reformer in Tamil Nadu.

His remarks had been made in the aftermath of a statue of Communist icon, Vladimir Lenin, being pulled down in

Tripura after the BJP government assumed power in that state last year, unseating the decades-old Left front government.

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma