Kolkata, Apr 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has yet again approached the Supreme Court over West Bengal Panchayat Elections 2018. The BJP moved court on Tuesday against State Election Commission revoking the order that extended nomination dates for Panchayat elections till April 10. The apex court will hear the matter on Wednesday. BJP workers also protested outside the West Bengal State Election Commission office in Kolkata against the revoking of the notification.
The West Bengal Election Commission had earlier extended the last date for filing nominations until April 10 for Panchayat elections. The earlier date was April 9. This decision was taken after violence marred the filling of nominations for Panchayat polls in the state. However, the poll panel later revoked its order.
Meanwhile, several Trinamool Congress candidates have been declared winners unopposed in the Panchayat elections. In Birbhum Zilla Parishad, the TMC has been declared elected unopposed on 41 out of 42 seats, while the party has won 14 out of 19 Panchayat Samiti seats here. In Bharatpur II and Barwan, the party won all 21 and 37 Panchayat samiti seats respectively. The TMC also won 29 of 30 Panchayat Samiti seats in Murshidabad’s Kandi.
The Supreme Court had 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.
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.