CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty on Thursday came down heavily on the state election commission and the state government, and claimed that the verdict of the Calcutta High Court to suspend all process of scrutiny of nomination papers till 16 April as a tight slap in the face of the government.

“The High Court has served three tight slaps on the face of the state government through the verdict it passed today regarding the rural polls, and very significantly, it postponed all the election work till 16 April and finally, our allegations proved right,” Mr Chakraborty told a press meet at the CPI-M party office in the town.

“The State Election Commissioner has no moral right to remain in his post after the court passed the preliminary verdict on Thursday,” he claimed.

The filing of nominations started on 2 April and the last day was 9 April. Candidates from the opposition parties have leveled allegations against the ruling party of unleashing terror and preventing them from filing in their nomination papers.

Meanwhile, the Left Front alliance has called a rally on a five-point demand, including a call for people to unite against the state government and its activities.

Following the press meet, Mr Chakraborty marched in a rally in the town, which started from the CPI-M party office near Alipurduar Court and ended at the Alipurduar Choupathi.

“Tomorrow’s six-hour strike ‘Dharmaghat’ will be a peaceful one. All necessary works like examinations, movement of important vehicles are out of the purview of the strike,” the CPIM leader said.

Hundreds of Left Front workers took part in the rally on Thursday. Following the rally in Alipurduar town, Mr Chakraborty marched in a peace rally that was organized by the CPI-M at Tapsikhata village under the Alipurduar police station, the same place where a CPI-M local leader was shot at the day before on Friday.