BJP, Congress Move To Court Accusing TMC Of Preventing Candidates From Filing Nominations

| April 5 , 2018 , 13:45 IST

BJP and Congress moved to court on Thursday accusing TMC of not letting their candidates file nominations for the upcoming panchayat polls in West Bengal. 

BJP moved to the Supreme Court against ruling TMC alleging that TMC was preventing BJP candidates from filing nominations. The Party also requested the SC to extend the date for filing nomination.

The Congress party, on the other hand, filed a PIL in Calcutta High Court seeking court intervention on conducting Panchayat polls peacefully, including the extension of the entire process of election, alternative place for filing nomination and deployment of central forces during panchayat polls.

BJP also demanded a free, fair and violence-free Panchayat election and also deployment of Central force during the election.

BJP party leaders Babul Supriyo and Roopa Ganguly held a joint press conference concerning over the matter.

Supriyo said, "BJP will take the horror stories of the killing of democracy and humanity under Mamata Banerjee rule to the public"

Earlier, a BJP worker died after allegedly being thrashed by TMC cadres in West Bengal's Bankura district. The deceased, identified as Ajit Murmu was killed outside the office of the block development officer in Ranibandh area. 

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The BJP alleged that the deceased was their nominee for upcoming panchayat elections from the area and blamed TMC for the attack. However, the police have not confirmed the identity of the attackers as yet. 

BJP posted a video on its Twitter account allegedly showing TMC caders violating laws.   


The party also held a demonstration in front of the State Election Commission office over the issue.

Yesterday, BJP leader Mukul Roy has met State Election Commission to discuss the matter.

Mukul Roy said, "They are trying to kill democracy. Trinamool, which has got disassociated from people, are creating violence so that the Opposition candidates cannot file their nominations. So we demand that the panchayat polls be conducted under security cover by central armed forces.”

He added, "Blood is being spilled in the state. There is no democracy here. All we are saying is that the election commission must ensure peaceful nomination process."

Ranjit Mukherjee, Secretary of the Research Department of Congress party also tweeted on the issue.

State Election Commision has announced 3-phase panchayat polls in West Bengal on May 1, 2 and 3. Counting of Votes would take place on May 8.