BJP defeats Cong, CPI(M) for 2nd spot in nomination filing

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to accept the nominations of nine panchayat poll candidates from Bhangar, who had sent their papers to the block development officer (BDO) through WhatsApp. The SEC had earlier written to the state government about the need for central forces, something that was mentioned in its deliberations with Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, and sought from the government a detailed security plan for the panchayat election. The term of the existing elected bodies ends in August; the State government was keen to hold the polls before the onset of the holy Islamic month of Ramzan.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rahul Sinha on Thursday said that Panchayat polls in West Bengal should be held on time.

Later, addressing a press conference at party headquarters in presence of the victims of the pre-poll violence, former Railway Minister Mukul Roy said in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the killer of democracy. Ramzan starts in mid-May and we can not impose an election on a section of the society during this fasting period. The polling was postponed following opposition parties move to approach courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling Trinamool Congress party during the nomination process. April 23 was the last date for filing nominations.

Bengal BJP on Tuesday released its panchayat poll manifesto promising to make the panchayat truly pro-people and remove corruption in several Centre-assisted schemes like "Prime Minister Sadak Yojna" and "Swachh Bharat". There are around 58,000 polling booths.

Asked about the reason behind the TMC filing more nominations than the number of seats in all the three segments, a senior party leader said, "There are many aspirants for the party tickets so many people have filed nominations".

Bhattacharjee, however, said the statement represented his concern over the attacks on his party workers, candidates and their families for the past few days in an effort to force them to stay away from the polls.

When the BJP counsel had asked the judge, Justice Subrata Talukdar, to postpone the election again as the election commission refused to consult them, Justice Talukdar told the BJP counsel that if the other two opposition parties could visit the commission, why the saffron party could not. Mamata was the designated Home Minister.


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