Supreme Court turns down BJP’s plea for intervention in West Bengal panchayat elections

The Supreme Court today refused to interfere in West Bengal panchayat polls next month on the petition filed by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Apex Court, however, asked the petitioner to approach the State Election Commission in this regard. The BJP had alleged that nomination papers are not being given to opposition candidates for the polls.

In its petition, the BJP had on 6 March alleged that democracy is being murdered in West Bengal as the ruling Trinamool Congress is engaged in large-scale poll violence and not allowing its candidates to file nominations for the upcoming panchayat polls.

The BJP sought availability of nomination papers online, the extension of the last date for filing these papers and deployment of paramilitary forces in the state in the run-up to the polls scheduled to be held in the first week of May.

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