Bengal Panchayat polls: Sporadic violations as fresh nominations filed

West Bengal rural polls 1 killed in violence over nomination filing on extended date Kolkata

The decision to hold elections on a single day immediately came under severe criticism from the Opposition, which raised questions about the security arrangements for almost 58,000 polling booths in the State.

According to ANI, the government has proposed a single-phase polling on May 14 and counting on May 16, reported news agency ANI. But the SEC's "agreeing" to a single-day rural poll drew criticism from opposition parties and might hand them more ammo when they approach a Calcutta High Court division bench, which would be dissecting the SEC's plans for securing polling booths after May 4. "It also asked the poll body to submit a report on April 30".

The state-wide panchayat polls in West Bengal will be held on May 14, said the notification issued by the State Election Commission.

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Pointing out Banerjee's television interview on Tuesday, DMK spokesperson Manuraj Shanmugasundaram said, "DMK endorses any endeavours to forge together a pan-India, non-BJP grouping".

State BJP General Secretary Pratap Banerjee, on the other hand, claimed the party had moved the court "for a free and fair election".

The administration has at its disposal some 58,000 armed police personnel split between West Bengal Police and the Kolkata Police.

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"Secondly, the SEC should ponder over what kind of security it is providing the voters".

"It seems they want a blood-splattered polling day". As to why the polls are being conducted in a single phase as opposed to the usual three phases, he said, "It is the prerogative of the state government to fix the date". The Congress wanted us to support it. DMK, which is the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu, has not yet given a clear sign on it. But Biswanath Chakraborty, a professor of political science at Rabindra Bharati University, said the CPM had lost its support base. The leaders had earlier met Vice President M Venkaiah Niadu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "But in Bengal election, Mamata has made a mockery of democracy", he said.

"The BDO office and the SDO office was totally blocked by the Trinamool goons under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee".

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