A Left Front delegation that held a demonstration outside the office of the State Election Commission here on Tuesday wanted to know from the State Election Commissioner Mira Pande whether the rural polls would be held in the State as per its schedule.

It was assured that all that was required would be done to hold the rural polls.

“It appears that the election panel is helpless as it is not getting any cooperation from the State government,” Left Front chairman Biman Bose claimed.

 “Considering the present circumstances we asked the State Election Commissioner whether the panchayat elections will at all be held as per its schedule or not,” Mr. Bose told journalists after submitting a memorandum to the election panel.

  The State Election Commission had assured political parties at an all-party meeting on May 17 that in case nominees of any political party faced difficulties in filing of nomination papers the election panel would act, Mr. Bose said.

 The Left Front also demanded that the Commission make fresh arrangements so that those who could not file nomination papers because of “threats and intimidation” by the Trinamool Congress activists are able to do so to enable them to contest the polls.

BJP’s accusation

 Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s State unit accused the election panel of “half-hearted” attempts to conduct the rural polls in the State.

State BJP president Rahul Sinha said the Commission should call for another “all-party meeting” and discuss the issues that have come in the way of conducting a free and fair election.