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Panchayat poll: SEC rejects dates given by state

The state election commission on Saturday dismissed the state governments decision of holding the panchyat election on May 5 and 8 and said that the election dates were announced without consulting the commission.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 7, 2013 12:26:06 am

The state election commission on Saturday dismissed the state governments decision of holding the panchyat election on May 5 and 8 and said that the election dates were announced without consulting the commission.

According to the West Bengal Panchyat Act,the state government in consultation with the commission decides on the dates and hours of poll for any election. Senior officials of state election commission,however,said that as the government did not consult them,they dismissed the dates of the panchyat election.

Tapas Roy,secretary of the state election commission,said that as they are unable to issue a parallel notification in this regard,they have sought legal advice.

Opposition leader Surya Kanta Mishra said since the government does not want panchyat elections,they are delaying the entire process.

Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury said the Trinamool Congress is unnecessarily delaying the process so that they could retain their political base. “If panchyat elections are conducted,they are sure to loose the battle. That’s why they don’t want to hold the elections. They can dilly dally the panchyat poll,but they have to fight the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

BJP state president Rahul Sinha said they want free and fair elections in the state and that’s why they also feel that elections should be conducted in presence of central paramilitary force.

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