Kolkata: Calcutta High Court principal-judge division bench on Thursday directed the West Bengal State Election Commission to take decision on the panchayat election. Court clearly stated, “Whenever the Panchayat Election will take place, it has to be peaceful.” Court won’t take any decision regarding the date of the election.
Calcutta High Court produced satisfactory logic in support of the verdict, “As High Court does not own a security system so it wont interfere. But loss of life will demand financial compensation from the concerned official who have produced the security report to Election Commission. If the official doesn’t have enough earning their property will be seized.”
Court has expressed faith on State Election Comission in organising Panchayat Election in Bengal. But it is clear that there will be no snag in organising election on May 14. West Bengal State Government assured that state police is enough to tackle the one-tier election.
On the other hand, the verdict of Supreme Court on E-nomination is the green signal for State election commission. In the tally of both court State Election Commission is leading the legal war in organising West Bengal Panchayat Election.
Welcoming the High Court order, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, “We welcome this order. Three friends (CPM, Congress and BJP) wanted to delay the election process by moving the court. But they have not succeeded. The people of the state who want to participate in the election are happy with the verdict.”
Although the Congress had filed the PIL before the division bench, other parties like CPM, BJP and PDS were made parties to it. “We are not happy with the verdict,” said state BJP general secretary Prarap Banerjee.