SC refuses to intervene in schedule of upcoming West Bengal panchayat polls

The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with Bengal panchayat polls on plea of the BJP.

BJP had alleged that nomination papers are not being given to opposition candidates for the polls that are to be held next month.

However, the apex court has granted liberty to all candidates to approach State Election Commission for necessary relief.

In its plea, the BJP had on March 6 told the apex court that “democracy is being murdered” in West Bengal as the ruling Trinamool Congress was engaged in large scale poll violence and not allowing its candidates to file nominations for the upcoming panchayat polls.

BJP sought availability of nomination papers online, extension of the last date for filing these papers and deployment of paramilitary forces in the state in the run-up to the polls scheduled in the first week of May.


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