Panchayat 2018: SEC-Gov Negotiation On Hold, Another Meeting Tomorrow


Kolkata: Another day has passed but still decision is yet to come on Panchayat Election schedule. According to Nabanna source, State Election Commission-State Government will sit for another meeting to fix the schedule on Thursday. The upcoming Panchayat Election is facing uncertainty since last few days. Government source said, meeting has been postponed Wednesday.

It is facing several series of chaos on nomination submission and legal harrasment. No certainty is there that a functional solution will come out of tomorrow’s meeting.

The negotiation regarding the dates and steps of Panchayat Election is getting more complicated with growing time. The first schedule were three-tier but now several set of tussle on panchayat election making it more topsy-turvy in nature. If it is not happening in one phase definitely a two-phase election will take place in Bengal. But everything standing before the decision of government- Commission.

SEC & WB Government Clash To Finalise Panchayat Dates

Another high voltage issue is time of conducting the Panchayat Election. Ramzan month will be highly sensitive to conduct vote in West Bengal. Government is trying to avoid the Ramzan month. The direction of the negotiation leads to a uncertain point where a bargaining is going for long.

State Election Commission today scrutinised the submitted nomination but not able to hold the meeting with government. State Election Commission is astonished on the allotment central force by government which gave 46,000 force in 58,000 booths. So, the decision on a diecy condition.

SEC on Tuesday again is unable to announce the Panchayat poll date after the meeting held with State authority. West Bengal panchayat polls were earlier scheduled in May first week. But after the Calcutta High Court the West Bengal State Election Commission to announce fresh dates for panchayat polls.

Earlier, The filing of fresh nominations for panchayat elections in West Bengal happened on Monday amid allegations of violence levelled by opposition parties against “goons” of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

According to preliminary reports, at least two people have died in clashes regarding filing of nominations. Violence was reported from several parts of Bengal including Birbhum, North 24 Parganas, Malda etc with even senior opposition leaders allegedly being targeted by ruling party.