Kolkata: BJP protest outside State Election Commission office in Kolkata, against the commission revoking order that extended nomination dates for Panchayat elections.
BJP workers reached the Election Commission office in Kolkata after the panel decided to revoke a notification extending the deadline for filing nominations. The Congress workers too joined in the protests, but later clashes broke out.
Earlier, The state Election Commission said that there was no specific direction by the apex court for an extension of the nomination date. “It appears that there was no specific direction by the Supreme Court of India for extension of the nomination date. Therefore on perusal of all the papers and considering all the points, the Commission hereby recalls the said order and therefore rescinds the (previous) order,” said the new notification issued by the SEC.
The poll panel had extended the deadline after Opposition parties approached it after the apex court refused to interfere in the matter. Both BJP and Congress have alleged that the TMC cadres, enjoying immunity under their party’s rule, are resorting to violence to prevent Opposition candidates from filing nominations. The parties claimed that at several seats, TMC candidates would be elected unopposed because they thwarted other candidates from filing papers.