Election Commission Halts Campaign of Former Judge and BJP Candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay

The Election Commission has taken strict action against Abhijit Gangopadhyay, a former judge of the Calcutta High Court and a BJP candidate, imposing a ban on his electoral campaigning. The action follows remarks he made against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, which were deemed derogatory and offensive.

The Commission has barred Gangopadhyay from campaigning for the next 24 hours starting from 5 PM today, as per the order issued. This decision was prompted by a complaint filed by the Trinamool Congress regarding comments made by Gangopadhyay at an election rally in Haldia on May 15.

In their notice, the Election Commission described Gangopadhyay’s comments as “improper, indiscreet, and beyond the bounds of decency, insulting, and prima facie a violation of the model code of conduct and the advisory issued to political parties.”

Gangopadhyay, who is contesting from the Tamluk seat in West Bengal with upcoming polls on May 25, was asked to respond to a show-cause notice by Monday. He submitted his response by Monday evening.

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