Mukul Roy accuses SEC of purposely delaying polls
The ongoing impasse between the State Government and the State Election Commission has turned out to be a major issue with the Opposition parties questioning the State Government’s intention to hold the rural polls and the ruling Trinamool Congress sniffing a grave conspiracy in it all.
Mukul Roy, the all India general secretary of Trinamool Congress alleged here on Saturday it was a “grave conspiracy” on the part of the State Election Commission to purposely delay the panchayat elections.
“Even if a single person dies because of the heat wave we will take the body to the Commission and organise protests there,” he said, adding that he is “warning” the Commission not to delay the polls.
Mr. Roy said that while the officers of the State Election Commission remained in their offices, political workers will have to bear with the summer-heat, if the rural polls are delayed further.
Mr. Roy accused the State Election Commissioner of being biased towards Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra saw the deadlock, an offshoot of a lack of “political will” in the ruling Trinamool Congress to settle the dispute.
“The rural elections should be held as per its schedule and the new bodies must be formed before the five-year term of the existing panchayats expire” Mishra, also a Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) said.
He also emphasised that there should be no interference with the constitutional rights of the State Election Commission.
Shakeel Ahmed, general secretary of the All India Congress Committee and in-charge of West Bengal raised questions on why the State government was unwilling to accept recommendations of the Commission to deploy paramilitary forces when the Opposition parties were in favour of it. “The Commission’s stand is to protect the people of the State, to ensure that they were not attacked and their homes were not looted as is common in political violence during the elections. We will continue to support its stand,” Mr. Ahmed said.
Senior State Congress leaders including Union Minister of State for Urban Development Deepa Dasmunsi accused the State government of preparing the ground for a dispute with the Commission to ensure that the rural polls are postponed.