Bengal poll panel moves court against government

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Launching a virtual attack on the West Bengal government, the State Election Commission (SEC) Monday moved the Calcutta High Court seeking rejection of the panchayat election dates notified by the Mamata Banerjee regime.

The commission approached Justice Biswanath Samaddar, who directed counsel L.C. Bihani to get the petition listed before it could be taken up.

The panel’s petition raised questions about section 42 of the West Bengal Panchayat Elections Act, which was cited by the Banerjee government March 22 for announcing two-phased polls to be held April 26 and April 30, under the supervision of state police.

The commission also sought permission to seek and deploy adequate number of security personnel, including central paramilitary forces.

The Banerjee government had refused to pay heed to the poll panel’s recommendation of a three-stage poll, with deployment of central paramilitary troopers.

The Bharatiya Janata Party too filed a petition in the court saying that sections 42 and 43 of the Act be declared unconstitutional.

Both the petitions are likely to be taken up by the court Tuesday.

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