The hearing on Panchayat polls in Calcutta High Court entered its third day today as the court's single-bench extended the stay on the poll process of the village bodies by another day till Thursday.
The parties are also aggrieved with the SEC after the poll panel withdrew its earlier order of extending the filing of nominations by a day, within a few hours of issuing the order last week. "It is a victory for the people who did not get any help from the police to file nomination", said Pratap Banerjee, general secretary of the Bengal unit of BJP.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday asked the West Bengal State Election Commission to submit affidavits detailing the steps it had taken following the Supreme Court's direction to allay apprehensions about the Panchayat elections, and extended its stay on the polling process till Friday afternoon.
The verdict was given after the bench heard petitions of the opposition parties which had accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of resorting to violence to hinder the filing of nominations by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Left and Congress.
The rural polls are crucial as they will provide the only pan-Bengal indicator of the popularity of political parties before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Trinamool Congress claimed that the High Court has accepted their arguments and demands.
"Judgement of the case will be delivered at 4.30pm tomorrow (Friday)", Justice Subrata Talukdar said after the hearing ended.
"What we now need to see is whether the court cancels the entire election process and orders the commission to declare polls afresh", he said.
However, the top court transferred the case to the Calcutta High Court. The notification was, however, withdrawn by the SEC on the morning of April 10.
The CPM had also moved the Supreme Court on April 11 with an appeal to postpone the panchayat elections till the question of the filing of nominations by opposition candidates was settled.