West Bengal Panchayat election Date 2018: Supreme Court today asked West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to hold polling for three-tier panchayat elections on May 14.
West Bengal Panchayat election Date 2018: Supreme Court today asked West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to hold polling for three-tier panchayat elections on May 14. The Apex court has also stayed Calcutta High Court order that had asked the poll to accept nominations filed through e-mails for panchayat polls. In a major setback to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, the top court also asked the SEC not to declare results of those candidates who have already won without any contest in the upcoming panchayat polls, according to reports. Majority of these seats were reportedly won by TMC candidates. Earlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court also said that polling should be held as per schedule.
The SC order came today after SEC had filed plea challenging the Calcutta High Court order. The State Election Commission (SEC) has sought a stay of the operation of May 8 order, saying it would suffer “irreparable loss and injury”. Notably, anticipating the SEC’s move, the state’s main opposition CPI(M) and BJP have filed a caveat before the top court saying that no ex-parte orders should be passed.
Earlier, West Bengal Panchayat Election date was fixed on May 1, 3 and 5 by the state poll body. Subsequently, the matter reached the threshold of the court and the poll body on April 21, 2018 had announced May 14 as new date for polling.