Govt: SEC move unethical,Opposition stalling polls

Stunned by the State Election Commission’s decision to move the Supreme Court on the issue of not getting enough security forces for holding the panchayat elections in the state,the Trinamool Congress government termed the poll panel’s move “unethical”.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata/gidhni | Published: June 27, 2013 3:22 am

Stunned by the State Election Commission’s decision to move the Supreme Court on the issue of not getting enough security forces for holding the panchayat elections in the state,the Trinamool Congress government termed the poll panel’s move “unethical”.

Speaking to a TV news channel,Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee slammed the State Election Commission and said the government will move ahead with the holding of the elections scheduled to begin on July 2. “We will issue an order on Friday for holding the elections in the four districts as proposed by us on Tuesday. We are ready. There is no question of going back,’’ Mukherjee told the news channel.

Pointing to the beginning of the election process on Wednesday — the process of getting postal ballots began today — Mukherjee said that never in the history of India have elections stopped after they had begun.

At Gidhni,in Junglemahal,where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was campaigning,she accused the CPM,Congress and BJP of “conspiring” to stall the poll. “These parties are afraid of defeat in the panchayat election and do not want it to be held. While I am out on my campaign trail,the CPM and Congress are nowhere to be found. They are spending money filing cases,” Banerjee said.

Expressing dismay at the turn of events,the Trinamool supremo said,“We have been trying for the past two years to ensure that panchayat polls are held,while they (Opposition) are at their work to thwart the process,” and added that the blame would squarely lie with the Opposition if the polls were not held as scheduled.

“Before being ousted from power,the CPM got people posted in certain important positions. These people are now trying to disrupt the election process,” she said indirectly hitting at State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey,who was appointed during the Left rule. “Let the election get over peacefully,then I will sort these people out,” she added. PTI Inputs

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