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Calcutta Excessive Court docket to listen to BJP’s petition over holding civic polls in Bengal on November 29

The State Election Fee needs to carry elections to the municipal firms of Kolkata and Howrah first

The Calcutta Excessive Court docket on Wednesday stated it is going to hear on November 29 a petition by the BJP searching for path to the West Bengal Authorities and the State Election Fee (SEC) to carry municipal polls within the State in a single section.

BJP’s lawyer prayed earlier than the courtroom for an pressing listening to on the matter claiming that the State Authorities is mulling holding of elections to municipal firms of Kolkata and Howrah.

Attorneys of the State Authorities additionally prayed that listening to of the matter is held as early as potential.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice R. Bharadwaj, stated it is going to hear the petition on Monday subsequent.

The SEC had submitted an affidavit earlier than the courtroom earlier this week stating that it needs to carry elections to the municipal firms of Kolkata and Howrah first because the variety of double vaccinated individuals in these two cities is excessive.

It stated elections to the opposite municipal our bodies within the state can be held in phases later.

The petitioner, BJP State vice-president Pratap Banerjee, had prayed for a path to the SEC and the State Authorities that elections be held collectively to all civic our bodies within the State the place they’re due and never on separate dates.

The petitioner claimed that elections to greater than 100 municipal our bodies within the state, together with Kolkata Municipal Company (KMC) and that of Howrah have been due for a very long time.

The elections to these civic our bodies have been due in April-Might 2020, however the polls have been postponed because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. These municipalities and municipal firms are being run by state-appointed Board of Directors.

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