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Approach Calcutta HC on rural polls, SC tells BJP

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday refused to interfere with panchayat elections in West Bengal, asking the state BJP to approach the with its issues.

A bench of Justice and Justice heard the plea by unit of the (BJP) that questioned the State Election Commission's Tuesday decision to revoke its order of extending the last date for filing nominations by a day to April 10 (Tuesday).

As Dushyant Dave, appearing for government, urged the apex court to say that none of the latter's observations will impact the high court hearing, the bench said: "... observations do not carry any weight. If it (had) carried weight, then the would not have rescinded its order."

The panchayat elections are scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, while the counting of votes will be taken up on May 8.

The BJP moved the court, seeking extension of time to file nomination papers for the polls.

It said in an "absolute colourable exercise" of power, the recalled and rescinded its April 9 order extending the time for filing nomination papers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on April 10, citing "legal issues".

On Monday, the refused to interfere with the panchayat elections as it rejected a BJP plea for rescheduling the polls so that its candidates could file their nomination papers and deployment of central paramilitary forces.

The top court had, however, granted liberty to the aggrieved political parties and their candidates as well as Independents to approach the

Saying that "we are not inclined to interfere" with the elections, Justice Agrawal, had said that the top court by its earlier judgment ruled that "once the election process has been set in motion, the court ought not to interfere...".



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 20:28 IST