Calcutta High Court: WBSEC Informed that they are holding civic Elections in 2 Phases

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Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: December 23, 2021 at 20:36 IST

West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) informed the Calcutta High Court on 23 December, that they are prepared to hold all the pending Civic Elections in the State in two phases.

Advocate Jayant Mitra, representing WBSEC told the High Court that out of 111 pending civic polls, the Commission is all set to conduct Municipal Elections at Howrah, Chandannagar, Bidhannagar, Siliguri and Asansol on January 22 that is the first phase.

The second phase will be conducted that the period of February 27 where the remaining 106 civic elections will be conducted.

The WBSEC has also informed the High Court that they have prepared the grounds as per COVID-19 protocols and are all by means set to conduct the elections.

On the other hand, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded that the elections should be conducted simultaneously and not as per the convenience of Trinamool Congress (TMC).

The BJP leaders sense a sort of plot as the elections being held in phased-manner and claim that the TMC will take the advantage of this political situation.

At the outset Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Ordered the State Election Commission to not become a branch of the TMC ruling government in WB.

However, while declaring Firhad Hakim as the Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Thursday, the CM Mamata Banerjee complimented the SEC and the police to conduct the elections in the peaceful manner.

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