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Mamata sticks to two-phase rural polls,with minor changes

The West Bengal government made a minor change in its panchayat poll notification on Tuesday,but remained firm on its decision to conduct the election in two phases.

The West Bengal government made a minor change in its panchayat poll notification on Tuesday,but remained firm on its decision to conduct the election in two phases. This,a day after the state election commission sent an 11-page letter to the government asking it to review its March 22 notification. Instead of holding the second phase of election in only three Congress-dominated districts of Malda,Murshidabad and North Dinajpur,the government has decided to include three more North Bengal districts in that phase — South Dinajpur,Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar.

Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee announced this after attending an hour-long meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday. As per the revised notification,11 districts will go to polls in the first phase on April 26 and six on April 30.

Earlier in the day,Election Commissioner Meera Pandey met Governor M K Narayanan at Raj Bhavan. Following which he summoned Chief Secretary Sanjoy Mitra around half past six in the evening. Sources said the Governor discussed with Mitra on how to find an amicable situation to the stalemate. Soon after this,the minister announced the decision.