October 2, 2020 5:27:44 am
A BJP delegation led by Pleasure Prakash Majumdar on Thursday visited the West Bengal State Election Fee (WBSEC) and urged it to conduct the pending civic physique elections.
Elections to greater than 107 civic our bodies couldn’t be held earlier this yr due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a short lived measure, the state authorities appointed directors to run the municipalities and companies even after the tenure of the civic our bodies’ leaders expired.
“There are greater than 107 municipalities and companies the place elections are due. In lots of instances elections are due greater than a yr. In lieu of elected our bodies, the native our bodies at the moment are run by directors appointed by the state authorities. The Honourable Supreme Court docket in its order dated September 22 has sought your opinion on how quickly the pending elections will be carried out. Earlier, the honourable Excessive Court docket of Calcutta had additionally opined that the pending elections ought to be held as quickly as doable,” learn the letter the BJP submitted to the state election commissioner.
It added within the deputation, “It’s to be famous that the appointment of directors in lieu of conducting elections is meant to be achieved in excessive situations (like a state of affairs the place conducting free and truthful election shouldn’t be doable) and that too shouldn’t be greater than six months. It has been mandated in Article 243U of the Structure of India. Due to this fact you being the constitutional authority to guard the democratic rights of individuals, we request you to behave strongly to hold out your constitutional obligations of conducting free and truthful elections with out concern or favour, affection or ill-will.”
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