State poll panel chief favouring Left Front: Trinamool

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 13:20 hrs

Kolkata, March 10 (IANS) Firing a fresh salvo at the State Election Commission, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Sunday accused its chief of favouring the Left Front and deliberately trying to defer the upcoming rural polls to save it from "an inevitable defeat".

"The state government had made all preparations for the panchayat (rural body) polls in February, but for some unexplained reasons and beyond our comprehension, the state election commission deferred the polls from February," Trinamool 1general secretary Mukul Roy told the media here.

The Trinamool and the state poll panel, which conducts the elections to local bodies like the panchayats and the civic bodies, have for months locked horns over the panchayat polls.

While the commission wants a three-phase voting and deployment of central paramilitary forces, the state government is pitching for a two-phase poll by pressing into service only the state police personnel.

Maintaining that it was the constitutional right of the state government to not only notify the rural polls but also fix the schedule, Roy accused state Chief Election Commissioner Meera Pandey of favouring the Left Front during whose regime she was appointed to the post.

"She (Pandey) was appointed in 2010 during the rule of the Left Front, which had recommended her to the post. It now seems she is taking all the measures to save them from an inevitable loss in the polls," he said.

"The state government will notify the polls as also fixing the date. There are no two ways about this," added Roy quoting the Constitution.

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