KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition on the by-election to the Bhawanipore Assembly seat, ordering that polls will be held as scheduled on September 30.
A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice R Bharadwaj said that it was inappropriate on the part of the West Bengal chief secretary to have written such a letter in which he had appealed to the election commission for holding the by-election at Bhawanipore.
The court dismissed the PIL in which the language used to seek the bypoll was challenged. The chief secretary had in the letter said that a "constitutional crisis" would occur if the by-election to Bhawanipore was not held.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from the Bhawanipore seat.