On the day the state government moved Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court’s decision of holding election to seven civic bodies mandatory by June 16, the West Bengal State Election Commissioner convened an all-party meet to inform that notification regarding the election in seven municipalities would be issued May 20.
Election will be held on June 14 in of Asansol, Raniganj, Kulti, Jamuria, Bidhannagar, Rajarhat-Gopalpur and Bally municipalities while the results would be declared on June 16.
Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation(KMC), questioned how the SEC could take such a decision when the state has moved SC against the court’s order.
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Opposition leaders, on the other hand, slammed the state government.enior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said that the state government would be further embarrassed in the apex court.
“It proves that the TMC government wants to delay the election process,” he claimed.
Leader of Opposition and CPI(M)’s state general secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said the state government’s move only proves that it is “afraid of the electorate.”
“(Calcutta) High Court had earlier given a date which had passed,” he said.
On the SEC’s decision, he said: “We still maintain what we had said about the SEC earlier. Dates are yet to be announced officially. Let the notification come out, elections will be conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner. We will then comment about the election commission and its intention.”
Officials of the election commission said that the commission was only abiding by the order passed by the High Court.
“There is no reason to think that the SEC was at loggerheads with the state government. It has only decided to issue notification to the civic polls as per the direction of the High Court,” said