The State Election Commission on Saturday postponed polling for four municipal corporations by three weeks till February 12 instead of January 22. The commission took this decision following a letter from the state government in which it has given its consent to reschedule the election date due to the increase in the cases of Kovid-19 in West Bengal.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Rajya Sabha member Vikas Ranjan Bhattacharya told reporters that the State Election Commission’s (SEC) decision to postpone elections is a proof that the commission is not capable of taking independent decisions and always follows the instructions of the ruling party. waits.
Eminent advocate Bhattacharya said, “The High Court had recommended postponement of the elections to the four municipal corporations by four to six weeks. But as we all know, the state government wanted it to be held after three weeks. SEC proved that he cannot take any decision independently. However, let’s hope that the COVID situation will not worsen when the polling is held on February 12.”
At the same time, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said that the elections should not have been held earlier than four to six weeks as “no one knows what will be the situation of Kovid till February 12.”
Asked whether he thinks that the date for the civic polls has been fixed as per the wishes of the ruling Trinamool Congress, Bhattacharya said, “We don’t think the SEC has any distinct identity. It is the ruling party and its chief (Mamata). Banerjee)”.
According to the notification issued by the State Election Commission, voting for the municipal corporations of Siliguri, Chandranagar, Bidhannagar and Asansol will now be held from 7 am to 5 pm on February 12 instead of January 22.
The Calcutta High Court had asked the SEC to explore the possibility of postponing the civic body elections by four to six weeks in view of the rise in cases of the pandemic.