Supreme Court refuses to interfere in West Bengal Panchayat polls

On Monday the Supreme Court refused to interfere Panchayat elections in West Bengal which is scheduled to take place in the next month and also directed that the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP and similar other opposition parties need to approach the state election commission with their complaints. This is termed as a major setback by the saffron party’s state unit who had been relying heavily on the intervention of the top court.

The West Bengal unit of BJP filed a petition last week in the Supreme Court complaining that their party workers were made victims of large-scale violence by the members of the ruling Trinamool Congress Party and were subsequently disallowed to fill in their nomination papers.

With 9th April being the last date for filing nominations Panchayat elections are scheduled to take place in the state of West Bengal on May 1, 3 and 5. This poll has been seen as a matter of litmus test for the checking the power of the ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition BJP and Congress prior to the Lok Sabha elections which are supposed to take place next year.Counting of votes for this election will take place on 8th May.

by TNBC Staff Reporter on April 9, 2018

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