Kolkata: The three-tier panchayat election would be held in three phases in the first week of May. One constable for each polling booth and an armed policeman for each poll premise are the basics of the state’s security plan for the coming panchayat polls.
The Calcutta high court has ordered the superintendent of police (SP) of every district to ensure adequate security arrangements for the candidates to file their nominations, without any fear, to contest for state panchayat elections. Police patrols, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and flying squads will remain as usual for surveillance and crisis management.
As there were 21 deaths in the 2013 panchayat polls when the Supreme Court ordered a five-phase rural poll in presence of central forces. The 2013 Panchayat in West Bengal was held in five phases on July 11, 15, 19, 22 and 25 after Supreme Court intervention.
The state bureaucracy is eyeing the Supreme Court’s ruling on Bengal rural polls on Monday before it goes ahead with its plan.
With just one year left for the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), BJP, CPI(M) and Congress will lock horns with each other in West Bengal Panchayat elections, scheduled to be held next month.