Speaking about their imminent move if the division bench of the HC too supported the SEC, Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee on Saturday, May 11 was quoted as saying, "We will go to the division bench against yesterday's order. If the division bench also upholds the order, we will go to the Supreme Court, if necessary."
The CM and the supremo of Trinamool Congress (TMC) earlier on Friday had asserted, "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)."
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.