West Bengal Panchayat Elections: BJP moves Supreme Court, seeks central forces for polls

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 5, 2018 2:01:12 pm

Mukul Roy leads a rally in front of the State Election Commission office in Kolkata on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition tomorrow by the BJP’s West Bengal unit alleging that ‘violent Trinamool Congress workers’ were preventing its candidates from filing nomination papers for the panchayat elections scheduled to take place in three phases next month. The top court will also hear a plea by the saffron party seeking deployment of CRPF personnel during the panchayat elections.

The state Congress, on the other hand, submitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to the Calcutta High Court, requesting its intervention in the elections, according to ANI. The party also sought extension of the polls and an alternative location for filing nomination, besides deployment of paramilitary forces.

On Wednesday, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh emphasised on the need for paramilitary forces to ensure polling was conducted peacefully. “To ensure free and fair rural polls, central forces are required. We will move the Supreme Court on Thursday to file a petition in this regard. We will plead before the apex court to ask the state election commission to request for central forces. We will plead for the…

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