WB Panchayat Polls: SC To Hear BJP Poll Plea On Today


New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday take up a Bengal BJP plea challenging the state election commission’s abrupt scrapping of the deadline extension for the panchayat poll nominations till Tuesday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra agreed to take up the matter for urgent hearing after a request from BJP counsel Aishwarya Bhati. Bhati moved the plea before a bench headed by Justice R.K. Agarwal, which had on Monday rejected a BJP plea seeking central forces and e-filing of nominations amid allegations that ruling Trinamul activists were stopping rivals from filing papers.

Bengal counsel Amarender Sharan opposed the interim BJP application and contended that the BJP could file only a fresh petition as an order had already been passed on the original plea on Monday.

Justice Agarwal then asked the two lawyers to move their pleas before CJI Misra, who agreed to a Wednesday hearing. The latest BJP plea urges the court to protect “the right of BJP candidates to collect and deposit nomination forms and participate in the panchayat elections scheduled in early May”.