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Calcutta HC orders fresh dates for panchayat polls

poll panel had earlier announced three phase rural polls' schedule on May 1, 3 and 5 with the counting of votes on May 8

With the Calcutta High Court ruling that current panchayat poll schedule needs to be postponed, it is now being seen as a major blow to the Mamata Banerjee government.

The poll panel had earlier announced three phase rural polls’ schedule on May 1, 3 and 5 with the counting of votes on May 8.

But the High Court has now asked the state poll panel to announce fresh dates in consultation with the state government.

The WBSEC’s notification on April 10 also stands cancelled when the state poll panel overnight withdrew its own order extending the deadline for one day for filing of nominations by the candidates.

In its order of 35 pages the single bench, which had reserved its verdict till Friday afternoon following a hearing of all sides, also directed the state poll panel to issue fresh dates for filing of nominations by the candidates.

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