Things got delayed after the opposition parties moved the Supreme Court and then High Court following a forward roll by the Commission which granted an additional one day window for filing nomination considering large-scale violence during the 7-day nomination process leaving hundreds of people injured. "Lives, democratic rights, democratic space, Constitutional machinery and freedom are not safe anymore in the state", the memorandum read.
During the hearing, Justice Subrata Talukdar had directed the SEC to ensure that nominations of 11 candidates for Polerhat II gram panchayat in South 24 Parganas district are filed, adding that it would be contempt of court if the order isn't executed. "The Trinamool wants to prevent genuine voters from exercising their franchise, so that anti-socials can indulge in false voting", said Banerjee.
With the Commission coming out with a fresh day for one-phase poll the opposition parties now have expressed concern about the security arrangements "particularly when the State has assured a total 58,000 police personnel to be posted at 58,446 booths". In other states, nobody raises a finger on democracy either in civic body or in general elections. "We would not allow any hooligan raj in West Bengal and completely remove syndicate culture", he said. They are capturing the BDO and SDO offices.
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Earlier on Tuesday, state panchayat and rural development officer on special duty Saurabh Das met state election commissioner Amarendra Kumar Singh for more than 50 minutes from 1 p.m. Das went to Nabanna and was supposed to return to the SEC headquarters on Rawdon Street after meeting CM Mamata Banerjee and chief secretary Moloy De. "She instructed all the SPs, BDOs and DMs not to intervene, so the police kept mum", he said.
The notification, which had referred to the apex court order, however, was withdrawn by the SEC on April 10 morning. This is the first time in Bengal's history that the fight is between Trinamool Congress and BJP, nobody (else) is there. In conformity with the order, the SEC declared April 23 as the extended date for filing of nominations.
He said in West Bengal everybody, including former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, is demanding Article 356 be imposed in the state in the wake of incidents of violence.