n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |
Photo: AFP


The stalemate between the West Bengal government and the State Election Commission over the rural polls continued despite yet another round of meetings on Monday.

While the two sides have concurred on the schedule of the three-phase election for 17 districts to be held on July 2, 6 and 9, there was no consensus on the district-wise grouping for each phase. The new schedule was notified by the government last week following a direction by the Calcutta High Court to conduct and conclude the polls within July 15. The polls will be held in 17 districts of the state excluding Kolkata and Darjeeling involving approximately 57,000 booths.

The Mamata Banerjee government though, has refused to budge from its stand of holding the polls in nine districts on the first day, four on the second and another four on the final day. The SEC on the other hand has been seeking a reduction in the number of districts for the first day for security reasons.

Monday's meeting saw presence of senior officials including the home secretary and the director general of the police with a view to allay the SEC's security concerns. Admitting both the parties were yet to reach on a consensus, SEC chief Mira Pande after the meeting said: "We will go by the instructions of court."

Commission secretary Tapas Roy though said that the government has agreed to its proposal of holding the final phase of the election on July 9. The notification, issued by the state government had given the date for the final phase as July 10 with the counting on July 13.

With nine districts going to polls in the first phase July 2 involving about 36,000 booths, the Commission has been contending that it could compromise security as a majority of the booths are highly sensitive or sensitive.

The nine districts where the state government is keen to have the polls July 2 span across south Bengal and include the region affected by Maoist activity.

State Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee however, said there were no complications regarding the polls. "There are no complications as far as we (the State government) are concerned," Mukherjee told media persons.

Tag : #elections #Mamata Banerjee #POlls #SEC #West Bengal government #State Election Commission

Britain: Anti-Semitic incidents rising as Gaza conflict intensifies

from firstpost

Britain: Anti-Semitic incidents rising as Gaza conflict intensifies

London:Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday....


The tale of two reports: Does the US govt still hold Modi responsible for Gujarat?

from firstpost

The tale of two reports: Does the US govt still hold Modi responsible for Gujarat?

The timing could not have been better. Two days before leaving for India, on his first engagement with the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, US Secretary of State John Kerry released his department's ...

Pune village landslide: Toll climbs to 28, close to 150 still missing

from firstpost

Pune village landslide: Toll climbs to 28, close to 150 still missing

Pune: With five more bodies being extricated today from the debris of the landslide that devastated Malin village near Pune, the death toll has gone up to 28 even as 150 people were still feared to be...

Sex, lies and murder: Parle-G biscuit baron's son arrested for killing wife

from firstpost

Sex, lies and murder: Parle-G biscuit baron's son arrested for killing wife

Kanpur police on Wednesday arrested 30-year-old Piyush Dasani, son of Parle-G biscuit manufacturer and billionaire Om Prakash Dasani, for his alleged involvement in the murder of his wife Jyoti.Accord...

UP: Tension in Bareilly after protests against objectionable post on social media

from firstpost

UP: Tension in Bareilly after protests against objectionable post on social media

Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh: Tension gripped old city area in Bareilly when a group of persons indulged in stone pelting and arson demanding action against two youths for allegedly posting objectionable c...

Europe, Asia on alert amid fears of Ebola outbreak spreading

from firstpost

Europe, Asia on alert amid fears of Ebola outbreak spreading

London: Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was ...

Aus govt told to come clean about conditions at asylum-seeker camps

from firstpost

Aus govt told to come clean about conditions at asylum-seeker camps

Sydney: Australia's human rights commissioner said Thursday the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental heal...