West Bengal BJP To Approach Supreme Court For Free, Fair Panchayat Polls

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As escalating violence threatening to haul rural Bengal to funeral ground - courtesy armed cadres of ruling Trinamool Congress - the BJP on Wednesday said it would move the Supreme Court with a prayer for central forces to conduct the panchayat elections.

BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu told newsmen at Suri in Birbhum district there was information that the TMC had "engaged people having links with the banned Students Islamist Movement of India and terror outfit Islamic State to prevent its members from filing nominations".

"We know that they (Trinamool) will pressurise opposition candidates to withdraw their nomination, they will even resort to violence and vandalism". It also sought orders for deployment of central paramilitary forces to maintain law and order till the polls.

"We will appeal to the Supreme Court to direct the state administration to conduct a free and fair Panchayat polls so that everything, starting from the nomination process to counting of votes, can be conducted peacefully", Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh said. The Party also requested the SC to extend the date for filing nomination. They are trying to throttle democracy.

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Already unofficial alliances have been formed in Rampurhat and Mayureswar in Birbhum district. Trinamool Congress and BJP clashed with each other in Bankur's Onda area. Trinamool toughs also allegedly dragged CPM's Rita Bauri by her hair out of the SDO office while she was on her way to file nomination.

The CPI (M) has filed 351 nominations, and the Congress 127. After Mishra's statement yesterday (April 4), where he stressed the need for all parties to put up a united resistance against TMC, today he placed the ruling party and the BJP in the same category, calling them autocratic and not different from each other. The Opposition has become one, irrespective of the diktats of their respective leaders, to fight the Trinamool.

The meeting between the governor and the state election commissioner gains significance as the Constitution under Article 243K vests the power on the governor to "make available to the State Election Commission such staff as may be necessary for the discharge of the functions conferred on the SEC".

After all, it's wartime and everything is fair.

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