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The state units of the Congress and the Left Front organised two separate demonstrations in the city today in protest against the alleged violence during the filing of nominations for the upcoming panchayat polls in the state.
"The state government is trying to turn the panchayat polls into a farce. Never before the opposition parties in the state have faced such a situation where they were not allowed to file nominations by the ruling party," state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury asserted.
"If the TMC is so confident of their development work in the past seven years, why are they afraid of opposition candidates." he said.
Democracy is under threat and all efforts are being made to undermine the State Election Commission, which has turned into a back office of the TMC, CPI(M) legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty said.
"The TMC is afraid of the Left Front that is why they have not allowed our candidates to file nominations," Chakraborty said.
Violence was reported from parts of West Bengal after the State Election Commission issued notification for the panchayat polls. The opposition parties accused the ruling TMC of attacking its candidates to prevent them from filing nominations.
The SEC had issued a notification to extend the deadline for filing of nominations by a day, following the allegations.
The decision was, however, reversed the next day, prompting the BJP to approach the Supreme Court and the High Court.
A single bench of the Calcutta High Court today extended the stay it had earlier imposed on the election process till the next date of hearing as an appeal on the maintainability of a petition by the BJP is pending before a division bench.
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