West Bengal Panchayat polls: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury leads scores of Congress leaders to sit on fast to protest violence; HC hearing on
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleges largescale violence, intimidation and terror unleashed on the Congress nominees and their supporters by the ruling TMC.
KOLKATA: Scores of Congress leaders, led by West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, today began a day-long sit-on-fast-demonstration in the city to protest the alleged largescale violence across the state during and post filing of nomination papers for Panchayat polls, while a Division Bench of Calcutta High court was presently hearing a case related to Panchayat election.
Mr Chowdhury, who also filed a case in the HC, alleging largescale violence, intimidation and terror unleashed on the Congress nominees and their supporters by the ruling TMC, said they wanted that all the intended nominees should be allowed to file nomination papers so that democracy was restored.
The Congress has also been demanding a team of central observers visit to the state and take stock of the situation arising out of violence for Panchayat polls to be held on May, 1, 3 and 5.
The sit-on-fast demonstration was organised at Rani Rasmani Avenue in the heart of the city, which would end around 1800 hours.
The Left parties also decided to take a rally from Rabindra Sadan in south Kolkata to Esplanade during the day to protest attacks on the party nominees during filing of nomination papers and after.
Seventeen Left parties and their mass organisations would take part in the rally, which would start around 1430 hours and might choke the city traffic.
Meanwhile, the HC was now hearing Panchayat election-related cases filed by the BJP, Left parties and Congress and counter filing from ruling TMC and State Election Commission (SEC).
A single judge Bench last week stayed all poll process till further order.
And the HC on a counter filing by the TMC and SEC ordered that a two-judge Bench will hear the proceeding, which was now going on.
Justice Biswanath Samaddar and Justice Arindam Mukherjee were hearing the proceeding.