Illegal Poll Row: Mamata all set to challenge Calcutta HC

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, May 10: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday, May 10 vowed to challenge Calcutta High Court regarding his judgment on controversial dates on Panchayat votes in the state.

Criticising the court order, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief was quoted as saying, "It seems some people don't want the panchayat elections to be held on time. The directions given in the order are impossible to follow. We shall move division bench against it on Monday (May 13)."

However, Ashok Mukherjee, Government lawyer, refused to comment on the high court judgment saying, "I am yet to read the order. I shall be able to comment only when it is posted on the web."

Mamata Banerjee's government, which recently has announced that panchayat elections would be held in two phases, received a setback on Friday when the high court upheld the primacy of the State Election Commission's (SEC) plea.

The SEC had opposed the government's decision on holding a two-phased rural polls without deploying central forces. The court directed the government to furnish a list of 400 observers which were sought by the SEC.

Favouring the SEC, the Calcutta High Court on Friday said that the state government's announcement of dates for the panchayat polls was illegal.

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