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Bengal Panchayat polls: ‘Why delay in complying with court orders,’ HC asks EC

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The Calcutta High Court, listening to a contempt plea towards the WB State Election Commission, ordered the fee to submit an affidavit by June 27, clarifying whether or not there was any willful delay in complying with the courtroom’s orders.

The case can be heard on June 28.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Calcutta High Court instructed the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) to request the deployment of Central Forces inside a span of 24 hours for the upcoming panchayat elections. The courtroom’s order states that the variety of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) firms deployed shouldn’t be fewer than the quantity requested for the panchayat elections held in 2013.

Against the backdrop of Opposition events’ claims that the Trinamool Congress is resorting to violence and intimidation to dissuade their candidates from contesting the forthcoming July 8 elections, the Calcutta High Court made its resolution.

The courtroom acknowledged that the variety of districts has elevated since 2013 and that the upcoming election can be performed in a single section, not like the 5 phases in 2013. The courtroom’s ruling was issued in response to a contempt petition filed by the BJP and Congress.

In the lead-up to the Panchayat elections slated for July 8 in West Bengal, the state has skilled ongoing clashes, together with a violent incident on the Block Development Office in Ahmadpur, Birbhum, the place crude bombs have been reportedly used. Tragically, a TMC employee was additionally fatally assaulted within the Malda district.

The Panchayat elections are scheduled to happen in a single section on July 8, with the vote counting set for July 11.

These elections are anticipated to witness a fierce competitors between the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress, as they’re perceived as an important check earlier than the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.



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Updated: 23 Jun 2023, 02:54 PM IST

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