New Delhi, Apr 9: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere into Bharatiya Janata Party’s petition for seeking deployment of CRPF and other demands on West Bengal Panchayat Elections 2018. Besides the deployment of CRPF, the BJP had sought availability of online application and other demands in Panchayat polls. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, however, asked the petitioner, BJP state general secretary Pratap Banerjee, to approach the West Bengal state election commission regarding the same.
The BJP in its petition had alleged that its candidates were not being allowed to file their nomination papers for the upcoming Panchayat polls in the state. The party had sought the court’s intervention to ensure that its nominees are allowed to file nominations.
Banerjee’s counsel Aishwarya Bhati alleged that large-scale violence has been perpetrated against the BJP activists in recent times. Bhati also referred to the recent murder of a Dalit leader in the state and accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state of fomenting trouble.
The plea sought issuance of nomination forms to the candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party so as to enable them to file their nominations in the upcoming Panchayat polls. The plea alleged that the block development officers who have been appointed as the assistant Panchayat electoral registration officers by the West Bengal State Election Commission, which is the authority tasked with superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to the panchayats and the municipalities, are refusing to give the nomination forms to the candidates of the BJP.
The West Bengal Panchayat elections 2018 will be held in three phases. Voting will be held on May on 1, 3 and 5 and the counting of votes will take place on May 8.