State election commissioner Mira Pandey declined to comment on the poll dates announced by state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee after talks with the CM. “We have not received any letter on Friday,” said Pandey.
Experts said the dispute was headed for court. The law empowers the state government to announce the dates only after consultation with the election commission. If the poll watchdog disagrees with the dates, it can ask the government to review the decision. There is, however, a grey area surrounding who prevails in the event of a disagreement.
The CPI(M), Congress and the BJP slammed the government over the poll dates.