Published: Wed, April 25, 2018

One killed in West Bengal during panchayat poll nomination filing

One killed in West Bengal during panchayat poll nomination filing

Justice Subrata Talukdar, who had earlier stalled the electoral process by issuing an injunction, on Monday ordered the state election commission to file a report by Tuesday over the allegation that miscreants had obstructed candidates from filing nominations.

The WBSEC's extension of the deadline for filing nominations came hours after its chief Amarendra Kumar Singh held an all-party meeting in the afternoon.

The court said that the commission would lie in contempt if the order was not executed. Supriyo tweeted, "A template of the appalling state of affairs in WB-disregard to court's order of extending the nomination deadline for panchayat polls, TMC goons heckling opposition nominees, WB Police asking me 2 back off but does nothing to remove these goons off the street".

Lambasting the BJP for skipping the meeting, he alleged, "It their trick". April 25 has been fixed for scrutiny of fresh nominations. It should be completed as soon as possible. The ruling party representatives said if necessary the polls can be held on a single day. Congress leader Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury's vehicle was also reportedly hit with bricks and crude bombs in Murshidabad district's Shamshergunj.

One person was killed and several others were injured in a clash between TMC and BJP workers in Birbhum district's Suri on Monday, when fresh nomination process began for state panchayat polls.

"We have submitted a copy of this complaint letter to the Commissioner stating that matter is now subjudice".

Apart from the BJP, the CPI (M), the PDS and the Congress too had moved the high court separately challenging the SECs decision. "So the SEC can not fix any date about the polling process without talking to us", BJP leader Mukul Roy said, adding since the BJP is the main petitioner in this case, the SEC won't be able to fix any date for the polling process without discussions with them as that would be contempt of the high court order. The case has also showed that BJP, Congress and CPM are together. Even journalists of different media houses were not spared in the violence and in view of that, the Calcutta High Court circular definitely gives a ray of hope to the opposition parties. "This means we have to rethink our relations with Congress on the national scene", TMC lawyer and MP Kalyan Banerjee said.

Justice Talukdar said he was hearing the matter at the instruction of the Supreme Court and that the state election commission was answerable to the apex court on what steps had been taken to "allay concerns" of opposition parties.

Ever since the poll dates have been announced by the SEC, the eastern state has witnessed widespread violence by the TMC and emerging principal opposition, the BJP.

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