SC rejects plea of Bengal BJP leaders looking for central forces for civic polls

The Supreme Courtroom on Friday dismissed a plea by West Bengal BJP looking for deployment of central paramilitary forces for the February 27 elections to 106 municipalities within the state.

A bench presided by Justice D Y Chandrachud dismissed the plea by BJP leaders Mousumi Roy and Pratap Banerjee difficult the February 23 Calcutta Excessive Courtroom order, which had left the choice whether or not or to not deploy central forces to the State Election Fee (SEC), however didn’t elaborate the explanations.

Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta expressed the Centre’s readiness to grant the request for forces if the court docket directs. He referred to the November 25, 2021, order of a bench additionally headed by Justice Chandrachud to deploy extra central forces to make sure peace throughout native physique polls in Tripura.

“Your Lordships have decided not to entertain this. But in the Tripura elections matter, the court had asked if the government can do something. I may submit that we have no problems in deploying the forces,” stated Mehta.

However the bench additionally comprising Justice Surya Kant was not inclined to entertain the BJP plea and went on to dismiss it.

Showing for the appellants, Senior Advocate P S Patwalia stated earlier too, the Excessive Courtroom had left it to the SEC to determine whether or not or to not deploy central forces for the preliminary part of polling on February 12. The SEC determined in opposition to it and there was widespread violence and vote rigging, he contended.

Accusing the SEC of favouring the ruling celebration and authorities, and non-application of thoughts, he stated the ballot physique relied on the official newspaper of the ruling Trinamool Congress to disclaim allegations of poll-related violence. The petitioners, he stated, had introduced on report newspaper experiences on the violence.

“Incidents have been reported in the media of false voting, law and order situation has arisen. This was not a stray incident. The elections have been plagued with violence,” stated Patwalia. However the state denied all the costs, he added.

“We pointed out there were five instances to show that the State Election Commission was perhaps leaning in favour of the state government. No application of mind by the State Election Commission in pursuance of 10 February order.”

“We said there are two schemes of the state government which were stopped and which have now been allowed to continue. In those schemes they are giving title deeds of land, various other benefits and therefore this also has wrongly been done,” stated Patwalia, citing violation of mannequin code of conduct.

“We have said one municipal council is a particularly sensitive municipal council as it is in Nandigram where the Hon’ble CM had contested and lost,” stated Patwalia. “The State Election Commission surprisingly passes an order one day before our application was to come up that the EVM in that municipality will not have a seal. This order is impossible to understand.”

“The commission in its response relied upon a newspaper which is the official newspaper of the TMC to say there is no violence,” he stated.

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