Panchayat Election : Is TMC facing the heat in Bengal?


The political make up of Bengal is facing a mini crisis as the Calcutta High Court circular has virtually embarrassed the ruling TMC government. Prior to the Panchayat Polls, the state witnessed unprecedented violence against throughout the state where political clashes between TMC and the opposition partied became a norm of the day. There was a controversy regarding extending the date of extension related to nomination. The way the State Election Commission took u-turn literally underlined the influence of the ruling government. Even journalists of different media houses were not spared in the violence and in view of that, the Calcutta High Court circular definitely gives a ray of hope to the opposition parties.

According to the Calcutta High Court circular, Bengal’s Panchayat polls are not going to begin on May 1. The High Court bench has also directed the State Election Commission to withdraw the poll schedule. Importantly enough, the controversial April 10 notification has been scrapped too by the Calcutta High Court. Now the State Election Commission has to announce a fresh date for filling of nomination papers by candidates which could not filed previously due to terror and intimidation by ruling party supporters. For the last few days, TMC MP and senior lawyer Kalyan Banerjee was engaged in a serious battle in the court, representing the government, to have Panchayat Polls as per the schedule.

There is no denying the fact that TMC is well aware of the negativities associated with pre poll violence. People in the rural domain are shell shocked with the magnitude of political violence as in some areas TMC and BJP were engaged in face to face confrontation. Probably this is the reason why TMC Supremo aka West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has mentioned,”We welcome the judgement and hope the State Election Commission will conduct the election as soon as possible in accordance with the panchayat law. Quite a few days have been wasted and I don’t want to waste any more.” No doubt, BJP, the rising opposition in the state will be indeed ecstatic with the recent sequence of events. At this juncture of time, they will definitely make an effort to file nomination in as many constituencies as possible. Meanwhile, Justice Subrata Talukdar hasn’t fixed any date, rather left it upon the State Election Commission to decide upon the fresh dates. Be it BJP, Congress or CPM – the opposition parties will definitely look to prepare hard to do as defeating TMC at the present juncture of time is indeed an uphill task.

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