SC reschedules Bengal civic polls

Published: 29th June 2013 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2013 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

The Supreme Court on Friday directed that the West Bengal panchayat polls  be rescheduled and held in five phases, beginning July 11.

A Bench comprising Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the polls would be held on July 11, 15, 19, 22 and July 25. The poll was earlier scheduled to be conducted in three phases from July 2.  The Bench further said that the state government would provide 35,000 security personnel for each of the poll phases and that the Centre would provide 15,000 security personnel for the first two phases, 25,000 personnel for the third and fourth phases and 2,000 personnel for the final and last phase.

The Bench passed the order on a petition filed by the State Election Commission. The Bench passed the orders after hearing the submissions of senior counsel and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, appearing for West Bengal; senior counsel Samaraditya Pal, appearing for the State Election Commission and advocate Amarendra Sharan, appearing for the state Panchayat Raj Secretary and Additional Solicitor General Rakesh Khanna, who appeared for the Centre.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp