Governor MK Narayanan has supported the poll panel’s move to approach the Supreme Court. “This is a right step in the right direction. Moving the Supreme Court means the commission wants to ensure that panchayat polls are conducted in a violence-free atmosphere under adequate security cover,” Narayanan told reporters. His comment comes a day after law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya and panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee described the move as unethical and unjustified.
The state government may not vehemently oppose any proposal for further bifurcation of phases that might come in the final hearing at the Supreme Court on Friday. Sources said if the government decides to oppose any such proposal it would not be in a position to arithmetically prove that the state’s own forces is adequate to meet the security requirement for a four-phase poll.
As reported by HT on June 27, barring the fourth phase on July 9, there would be a shortfall of forces in the remaining three phases, ranging from 11,500 to 37,000 personnel.
Meanwhile, even on Friday, Writers’ Buildings did not get any commitment from any other state regarding the deployment of security personnel for the panchayat polls.