Supreme Court refuses to interfere with West Bengal panchayat polls

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New Delhi, April 9: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the upcoming panchayat elections in West Bengal, by dismissing a BJP plea for rescheduling them and deploying paramilitary forces.

A bench of Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, however, granted liberty to the aggrieved candidates to move the state Election Commission.

The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party had approached the top court demanding the deployment of paramilitary forces alleging that its candidates were being blocked from filing their nomination papers by the Block Development Officers (BDOs) and were being targeted by the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).

The BDOs have been designated Assistant Panchayat Electoral Registration Officers for issuing and accepting the nomination papers.

The panchayat polls are slated to be held on May 1, 3, and 5.


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