Rural polls: Bengal Governor plays peacemaker

With the stand-off between the Trinamool Congress government and the state election commission over holding of panchayat polls

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 1, 2013 1:54 am

With the stand-off between the Trinamool Congress government and the state election commission over holding of panchayat polls all set to go to the courts,Governor M K Narayanan,who is mediating between the two sides,made a last ditch effort for a reconciliation on Sunday.

“The Governor has told us to wait for some more days before we take legal steps,” said Nayan Biyani,one of the lawyers on the panel of the state election commission. The sticking point between the two continues to be the deployment of the Central forces,a demand made by the state election commission and rejected by the government.

According to sources,the Governor is not in favour of the issue going to the courts and want a negotiated settlement as early as possible.

State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey,who and her officials held a marathon consultaion with legal experts on Sunday,said they will take a final call on Monday.

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