Published: Sat, April 07, 2018

Violence continues in Bengal over polls

Violence continues in Bengal over polls

A bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre said, "We are reserving verdict for 9 April".

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that one of their leaders was also attacked in Bankura when he arrived at the District Magistrate's office to file a complaint against recurring violence to stop opposition party candidates from filing nominations.

The panchayat elections are scheduled to be held on May 1, 3, and 5. Asked for her comment on the need for deployment of central forces for the rural polls, a demand made by the opposition parties, she said, "Being a central minister, I do not want to comment on the issue from this forum, but as a BJP worker, I would like to say that in a state, where a police official of the Asansol police commissionerate is not safe, what is happening in that state we all are aware of it".

Appearing for the WB State BJP, Supreme Court advocate Aishwarya Bhati, had submitted before the Apex Court that the BJP candidates and workers are allegedly being threatened, intimidated and subjected to physical violence to deter them from filing nominations for the upcoming state Panchayat elections.

Basudeb Acharia was accompanying other CPI-M workers to file their nominations in panchayat polls when they were attacked.

They smashed the rear windshield, took him out of the vehicle and beat him up. The votes will be counted on May 8. According to the video posted on ANI, BJP workers were going to file the panchayat nomination.

Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for West Bengal, said the BJPs petition was based on a wrong premise as there are several districts in which BJP candidates have filed more nomination papers than the ruling Trinamool Congress.

State Minister and Trinamool's Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said: "In various districts, some people carrying arms and CPM flags were trying to disturb peace". The BJP moved the Supreme Court directly because the Calcutta high court is now not functioning properly due to an ongoing lawyers' strike, which is approaching two months.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said the central government could deploy paramilitary forces if there was a requisition from the State Election Commission or a direction from the court.

"There is a triple whammy in BJP's petition". Later addressing a Press conference at the state BJP headquarters, Mr Roy said that the Trinamul Congress has turned the panchayat elections into a farce in the state. "First, they can not directly come to the Supreme Court, they should have first moved the State Election Commission, and thirdly they should have made some specific averments of nomination papers not being allowed in a particular district", Singhvi said.

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