In the last 40 years, there have been only two occasions when the number of uncontested seats crossed 10 per cent — 2003 (11 per cent) and 2013 (10.66 per cent).
“On B R Ambedkar Jayanti, we will take out a protest rally to condemn the violation of the Indian Constitution in the country. We have seen how brutally a minor was gangraped and murdered..,” Minister of State for Health and Trinamool Congress leader Chandrima Bhattacharya said.
West Bengal Panchayat Polls: The withdrawal of the notification is likely to result in an increase in the number of TMC candidates winning unopposed.
Trinamool Congress won “unopposed” 14 of 19 panchayat samitis in Birbhum — panchayat elections are to be held in the state on May 1, 3 and 5.
According to West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) data, the number of uncontested wins in panchayat polls had surpassed 10 per cent only on two occasions in the last 40 years — 2003 (11 per cent) and 2013 (10.66 per cent).
The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party sought availability of nomination papers online, extension of the last date of 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.
Addressing media persons here, Surjyakanta Mishra said, “Opposition candidates are not allowed to file their nomination papers. As per reports, 65 per cent nominations have been filed by Trinamool till Tuesday.”
The incident reportedly took place at a party meeting held to finalise candidates for panchayat polls.
The ruling Trinamool Congress, while describing the move as “undesirable”, claimed that the Governor has lost the credibility to remain “impartial”.
In Bankura’s Onda, BJP and Trinamool workers allegedly clashed over filing of nomination papers. Police said four Trinamool workers were injured.
Ram Navami rallies in West Bengal point to the misplaced priorities of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
On Monday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs met TMC Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay in Parliament, seeking support in their demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.
In Uluberia, Trinamool retained its seat by receiving 4.74 lakh votes — doubling its 2014 Lok Sabha polls winning margin. In Noapara, it defeated Congress by 63,018 votes
“Earlier, we had protested against demonetisation and GST rollout. This time, we will oppose the FRDI Bill. We will not let Centre pass this Bill and let them rob the hard-earned money of the people,” Abhishek told party workers.
Among the seven persons named in an FIR lodged at Bhadreswar police station, five were arrested from Varanasi. This comes after another accused, Munnai Rai, was arrested a day after the murder.