Kolkata: The West Bengal panchayat elections are scheduled to be held on 1, 3 and 5 May and the votes are to be counted on 8 May. The last date of filing nominations was today and the last date of scrutiny of the nominations is 11 April. On Monday, Commission extends the last date for making nomination for one day on 10th April from 11am up to 3 pm.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the date to file nomination papers for the upcoming panchayat elections in West Bengal. A bench of justices R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, however, said that the candidates were at liberty to approach the state election commission today.
The court was hearing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal unit’s plea alleging that its candidates are not being allowed to file their nomination papers for the panchayat polls next month. In its plea, the BJP sought an extension of the last date of nomination and online availability of nomination papers.