The notification has prompted a section of government officials to raise question whether it would cut short the five-year tenure of several rural bodies,
However, the violence and the death toll point to a significant change in West Bengal’s political dynamics.
"Free and fair polls will be possible only if Article 355 is imposed in the state. The law and order situation has completely failed in the state," BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar said.
Trashes report submitted by state poll panel on violence during Bengal panchayat elections
The bench held that the issues raised in the petitions have been settled in an earlier matter by the high court and the decision was upheld by the Supreme Court.
All the counting venues are being manned by armed state police personnel and central forces, with prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC being imposed outside the venue.
The TMC has accused the BJP of using "divisive" politics in Manipur; the BJP called TMC's Manipur move "an attempt to divert attention from the violence in Bengal."
At first, votes for the Gram Panchayats will be counted, followed by the Zilla Samitis and then the Zilla Parishads.
The court also directed the state government to provide assistance to the relatives for the cremation of those who died in alleged poll violence and to healthcare facilities for the injured.
The union minister informed that the central govt has dedicated Rs 74 cr for the care, well-being, education and skill development of rape and other sexual offence victims under POCSO Act.
The election assumes significance for political parties as it will serve as an opportunity for them to assess their organisational strengths and weaknesses ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Since the day the polls were announced on June 8, widespread violence was reported in various parts of the state leading to the death of over a dozen people, including a teenager.
The challenger for the TMC in this election is not so much the BJP even though it is the official opposition in the West Bengal State Assembly with 70 lawmakers.
The division bench of Chief Justice T. S. Shivagnanam and Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharya upheld Bhattacharya’s submission.
Former CPI(M) Lok Sabha member Samik Lahiri said that the situation in the state is not under control of police but that of the anti-social elements.
On whether the clash was between two political outfits, the policeman said that the matter is under investigation and he would comment only after the investigation is complete.
Two petitioners - Kashmira Begum and Anjuna Bibi - candidates for panchayat polls under Uluberia I block claimed that the documents filed by them at the time of nomination were tampered with.
Bengal panchayat polls: Central forces start route march to instil confidence among voters in Bolpur
The administration and Bolpur police also joined hands with the central forces to ensure that the election process could be done peacefully in the Panchayat elections.
BJP leader Ajoy Roy alleged that Das, who had supported the name of Bisakha Das as a BJP gram panchayat candidate from Dasgram area in Dinhata, was murdered by Trinamool supporters.
Sinha has been called by Bose to update him about the violence that claimed four lives in the state.