Kolkata, April 16 (PTI) The opposition parties today hailed the Calcutta High Court order on panchayat poll petitions, saying the “unholy nexus” between the State Election Commission and ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been exposed.

The high court, in its order today, said all rural poll pleas, filed by the opposition parties as well as the State Election Commission and the ruling Trinamool Congress, will be heard by a single bench that had stayed the election process.

The single bench has fixed tomorrow as the next date for hearing the petitions.

“This is a big setback for the unholy alliance between the State Election Commission and the ruling Trinamool Congress. The TMC should take lessons from it,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said.

CPI(M) Legislative Party leader Sujan Chakraborty said the ruling party along with SEC has been resorting to “several tricks” to stop opposition parties from filing nominations.

“These tricks are now getting exposed,” he said.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, however, accused the opposition parties of trying to delay the poll process.

“They (opposition parties) don’t have manpower to file nominations and they are blaming us. We have full faith on the judiciary,” he added.

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