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Bengal civic polls: BJP moves SC after state EC revokes order extending date of filing nominations

The poll body had extended the deadline by a day after violence broke out in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the West Bengal State Election Commission’s decision to revoke the order extending the deadline to file nominations for panchayat elections by a day, ANI reported. Earlier on Tuesday, the BJP workers protested outside the poll panel’s office in Kolkata

The state election commission had on Monday extended the last date to April 10 after violence broke out during the filing of nominations for panchayat elections in the state. The Supreme Court will hear the BJP’s plea on Wednesday.

Elections to the three-tier local body structure — zilla parishads, panchayat samitis, and gram panchayats are scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5. The BJP has accused the ruling party of stopping them from filing nominations. Opposition candidates from South 24 Parganas also alleged that TMC workers stopped them from entering the Alipore treasury building in Kolkata and filing their nominations, according to The Indian Express.

The BJP had moved the Supreme Court last week seeking to extend the last date of filing nominations. However, the top court had refused to interfere with the civic polls.

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