Calcutta HC extends stay on West Bengal panchayat poll process

KOLKATA: The Calcutta high courtroom on Tuesday prolonged the keep on the panchayat ballot procedure in West Bengal and stated the State Election Commission's withdrawal of a notification giving an additional day for filing of nominations was in query prior to it.
Justice Subrata Talukdar prolonged the keep on the panchayat ballot procedure till Wednesday morning when the topic would be heard once more.

He stated that the Supreme Court had requested the SEC to allay apprehensions of the petitioner or any intending candidate, and in line of that the Commission had prolonged the nomination procedure by a day.

It, then again, withdrew the notification the very next day, which is in query prior to the courtroom, the pass judgement on stated, while listening to the SEC and the ruling Trinamool Congress's challenge of his order to stick the elections.

Representing the ruling TMC, its vice-president Kalyan Banerjee stated the petitions difficult the selections of the Commission was not maintainable, and that the courtroom can not interfere in an ongoing election procedure.

He claimed that beneath Article 243(O) of the Constitution, no panchayat election shall be referred to as in query, except for by an election petition as per legislation made by the legislature of that state.

Banerjee, also a TMC Lok Sabha MP, mentioned that the West Bengal Panchayat Act of 2003 provides that in case of any dispute in terms of panchayat polls, petitions will also be moved prior to the civil courtroom within 30 days after completion of election procedure.

He asserted that how elections would be carried out in the prerogative of the SEC, and can't be interfered into by the high courtroom. The Supreme Court had in its April nine order stated, "We hope and trust that in order to ensure fair and free election to the panchayats, the State Election Commission shall take appropriate steps to remove the apprehensions of the petitioner (BJP) and/or intending candidates, and they may not be deprived of their chance to contest the panchayat elections."

Panchayat polls in West Bengal are scheduled to be held in three stages from May 1 to May 5, and the counting of votes is slated for May 8.


The nomination procedure for the polls ended on April nine, but the SEC prolonged it by a day the similar night time, following the apex courtroom order.


The notification was withdrawn by the SEC on the morning of April 10.


The BJP moved the high courtroom difficult the withdrawal, and Justice Talukdar stayed the election procedure on April 12.


Apart from the BJP, the CPI(M) and the Congress, too, have moved the high courtroom one by one, difficult the SEC's decision.
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