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Both sides claim victory in ruling

Both the counsels of the SEC and the state government in the Calcutta High Court on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s order of holding the panchayat elections in five phases.

Written by Kanchan Chakraborty | Kolkata | Published: June 29, 2013 5:33:00 am

Both the counsels of the SEC and the state government in the Calcutta High Court on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s order of holding the panchayat elections in five phases.

Samaraditya Pal,the counsel of the SEC,termed it as a victory of the Constitution and said the apex court’s order was in line with what the poll panel had been asking for months. Pointing to the letter that the SEC had written to the state government months ago about holding the elections in five phases,Pal said: “The SEC suggested the state government to hold the polls in five phases,but the latter did not accept the proposal. Today’s order of the Supreme Court puts the seal on the supremacy of the State Election Commission to hold the elections which was criticised by some quarters.”

‘SEC plan foiled’

KALYAN Banerjee,the counsel of the state government,on the other hand,claimed the apex court’s order as the victory for the Mamata Banerjee government,saying it foiled the SEC’s plan of not holding the elections at all.

“The SEC wanted to stall the panchayat polls. The Congress and CPM also wanted to stall the election. But the Supreme Court did not accept their plea. So it was the win of the state government,which always wanted to hold the elections,” he said.

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