EXtra Time For Poll Nomination Scrapped, Bengal BJP Goes To Supreme Court

New Delhi:  The Bengal BJP has approached the Supreme Court appealing against the State Election Commission’s sudden decision to cancel the extended deadline for the filing of nomination in the panchayat elections. The commission’s order to extend the timing by four hours came late last evening, hours after the Supreme Court asked it to “ensure free and fair” elections.

In its petition, the BJP said the commission acknowledged the violence in the state and extended the date to 10 April, but withdrew the order suddenly today. In the state, the party leaders alleged that the State Election Commission’s decision was the fallout of pressure from Mamata Banerjee’s government. The top court has agreed to hear the petition on Wednesday.

The commission’s order late last night said candidates who wished to file their nominations could do so today between 11 am and 3 pm. But by mid-morning, the Commission rolled back the order, apparently over concerns that the…

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