Trinamul Congress is gearing to make the 21 July rally a grand success and senior party leaders feel that there will be a historic gathering this year.
The upcoming Panchayat polls in West Bengal would be held in three phases in the first week of May, the State Election Commission announced on Saturday.
“The Panchayat polls would be held in three phases on May 1, 3 and 5. The counting would be take place on May 8,” State Election Commissioner A.K. Singh told the reporters here.
A total of 58, 467 polling stations will be set up in 20 districts for the over 5.08 crore voters, he said.
The first phase of elections would be held in 12 south Bengal districts including North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and the two Midnapore districts. Polling in Murshidabad and Birbhum would be held in the second phase while the third phase of polling would comprise six districts in north Bengal.
Singh also said that the notice inviting nominations for the polls would be issued from April 2 while the last date of submitting the nominations would be April 9, adding that the model code of conduct for the elections came into force in the entire state starting Saturday.
However, he remained silent on whether central force would be used to conduct the elections as per the demand of the state’s opposition parties.
Reacting to the announcement, the state BJP accused the Bengal government of trying cut short the campaign time of the opposition parties and said they might move the courts.
“We are ready for the elections anytime. But the state government is trying to cut short time for election campaign by announcing the dates while the higher secondary examination is going on. We might move to court against this,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sujan Chakraborty also termed the decision to announce the elections during the examination as “wrong” and said people of the state would give the ruling Trinamool Congress a stern reply against their hooliganism.