The State unit of the Congress alleged here on Monday that the Trinamool government was creating hurdles for Opposition parties in fielding candidates from reserved category in the upcoming rural polls.

State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said a party delegation led by senior leader Manas Ranjan Bhunia will meet the Minister for Backward Classes and the State Election Commission in this regard.

“The State Government has no right to disrespect people in the SC, ST and OBC communities,” he said, adding that the party will be forced to protest against the issue if the State Government does not accept their demands.

“The Government is intentionally depriving willing candidates. We want simplification and early issuance of certificates,” Mr Bhattacharya said.

He said over 30% of seats in the panchayats are reserved for candidates from SC, ST and OBC categories.

The Congress also alleged that there have been irregularities in delimitation of constituencies in the panchayats and objections of political parties had not been taken into account. Mr Bhattacharya reiterated that the Congress will fight the panchayat elections independently on its own strength. He, however, added that the party is open to alliance with secular democratic forces at the local level.