The Supreme Court. (HT archive)
The Supreme Court. (HT archive)

Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea seeking to ensure free, fair elections in Bengal, security for opposition

A public interest litigation (PIL) in this regard was filed in the apex court in December 2020.
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 01:26 PM IST

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking "free and fair" assembly elections in West Bengal as well as security for opposition leaders in the state, news agency ANI reported. A public interest litigation (PIL) in this regard was filed in the top court by on behalf of petitioner Puneet Kaur Dhanda in December last year, according to Live Law.


In his plea, the petitioner also sought the issuance of directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to submit a detailed report regarding "bogus voters" in West Bengal, where assembly elections will take place in April-May, along with those in Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union territory of Puducherry.

In the build-up to assembly polls in West Bengal, there have been several instances of violence between workers of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) and those belonging to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Just days before the PIL was filed in the top court, a convoy of BJP national president JP Nadda was attacked, allegedly by TMC supporters. Nadda escaped unharmed but the party’s state in-charge, Kailash Vijayvargiya, sustained injuries, as a result of which his security was enhanced by the Centre, where the BJP is in power. The incident also triggered a tussle between the Centre and the state government.

Also Read | After attack on Nadda convoy, BJP’s Vijayvargiya gets bullet-proof car

On January 18, violence once again broke out at the BJP’s roadshow in Kolkata’s Tollygunge area. The roadshow was being held by the state BJP chief and Lok Sabha MP Dilip Ghosh, and TMC rebel Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the party last December.

Also Read | Violence at BJP roadshow led by Dilip Ghosh, Suvendu Adhikari in Kolkata

The BJP, after its impressive performance in West Bengal in 2019’s general elections, is aiming at forming its maiden government in the state. Banerjee, who first became the chief minister in 2011 and is currently in her second term, is looking for five more years in office.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON

Related Stories

BJP leaders Dilip Ghosh and Subhendu Adhikar waves to supporters during a public rally, in Kolkata on Monday. (ANI Photo)
BJP leaders Dilip Ghosh and Subhendu Adhikar waves to supporters during a public rally, in Kolkata on Monday. (ANI Photo)

'Will wipe TMC out in 2021': BJP's Dilip Ghosh on West Bengal Assembly polls

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:22 PM IST
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly are due in April-May.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

West Bengal assembly election: Mamata Banerjee to contest from Nandigram

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:44 PM IST
TMC MLA from Nandigram and former minister Suvendu Adhikari shifted to the Bharatiya Janata Party on December 19, 2020
Close
Darjeeling will go for the polling in the fifth phase on April 17.(PTI file photo)
Darjeeling will go for the polling in the fifth phase on April 17.(PTI file photo)

West Bengal assembly elections: Polling stations in Darjeeling increased

ANI, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:59 PM IST
In the last polls, there were 1,413 polling stations and now it has been increased to 1,719.
Close
President of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh said he was surprised that no protester at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh has died despite the capital’s bitter cold.(HT File Photo)
President of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh said he was surprised that no protester at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh has died despite the capital’s bitter cold.(HT File Photo)

Will ensure single-phase poll if voted to power: Bengal BJP president

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:02 PM IST
"The eight-phase poll in the state is to ensure a free and fair election. Political violence unleashed by the TMC is rampant in the state," Ghosh said during a 'chai pe charcha' (discussion over tea) session.
Close
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (HT file)
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (HT file)

'Didi is agitated because...': Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes jab at Mamata

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Nilavro Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:58 PM IST
"Assembly poll bugle has been sounded in West Bengal. A BJP wave is prevailing there. Mamata 'didi' is frightened and furious too," the MP chief minister said.
Close
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.(PTI file photo)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.(PTI file photo)

West Bengal election: How Mamata Banerjee emerged as a giant killer in 2011

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:56 PM IST
The Left Front - a coalition of communist parties - which kept its tight grip on West Bengal since 1977 was dethroned as Banerjee capitalised on the strong anti-incumbency wave blowing in the state in the aftermath of the Nandigram agitation.
Close
Election strategist Prashant Kishor (PTI File Photo)
Election strategist Prashant Kishor (PTI File Photo)

'Key battle for democracy’: Prashant Kishor tweets on Bengal polls

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:05 PM IST
In his first tweet since December 21 last year, Prashant Kishor also echoed West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in saying that ‘Bengal Only Wants its Own Daughter.’ Kishor is working with Banerjee and her TMC for the upcoming assembly elections.
Close
A shopkeeper displays campaigning material of political parties for sale for West Bengal assembly elections 2021, in Kolkata on Friday.(AFP Photo)
A shopkeeper displays campaigning material of political parties for sale for West Bengal assembly elections 2021, in Kolkata on Friday.(AFP Photo)

Bengal polls: Schedule in north Bengal where BJP had jolted TMC in 2019

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:28 AM IST
The West Bengal assembly has 294 seats and BJP leader and Union home minister Amit Shah has announced that his party will oust the TMC government by winning more than 200.
Close
Polling in West Bengal will be held on March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29. (PTI Photo)
Polling in West Bengal will be held on March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29. (PTI Photo)

West Bengal assembly polls in 8 phases: Election officials explain

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:54 AM IST
The 294 assembly seats in West Bengal, where the ruling Trinamool Congress is looking to retain power amid a strong challenge from the BJP, will go to the polls in eight phases and the votes will be counted on May 2.
Close
Banerjee also attacked the Election Commission, saying the EC scheduled the poll dates keeping in mind the BJP’s demands.(PTI)
Banerjee also attacked the Election Commission, saying the EC scheduled the poll dates keeping in mind the BJP’s demands.(PTI)

TMC, BJP trade barbs over 8-phase elections

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:51 AM IST
“If elections can be held in Bihar and Assam in three phases, then why are they being held in eight phases here? Who will be benefitted? The ECI should be more rational,” Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Close
The schedule was announced in the backdrop assertions by chief minister Mamata Banerjee that the political battle between her TMC and the BJP was a personal battle as well.(HT_PRINT)
The schedule was announced in the backdrop assertions by chief minister Mamata Banerjee that the political battle between her TMC and the BJP was a personal battle as well.(HT_PRINT)

TMC tries to hold fort as BJP aims to gain ground

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:47 AM IST
On Friday, the Election Commission announced dates for the assembly elections in West Bengal, where the BJP is determined to win power. Polls in the state will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29.
Close
The CPI has called upon the masses to join it to ‘save India for livelihood, equality and justice for all’(AFP)
The CPI has called upon the masses to join it to ‘save India for livelihood, equality and justice for all’(AFP)

Left parties ask EC to explain eight-phase poll in West Bengal

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:08 PM IST
Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal having the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29, while counting of votes for the four states and one union territory will be done on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday.
Close
**EDS: IMAGE MADE AVAILABLE FROM CM OFFICE** Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Kalighat, in Kolkata, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_26_2021_000202A)(PTI)
**EDS: IMAGE MADE AVAILABLE FROM CM OFFICE** Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Kalighat, in Kolkata, Friday, Feb 26, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_26_2021_000202A)(PTI)

In poll-bound Bengal, CM Mamata showers last minute sops in bid to woo voters

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:07 PM IST
  • The ECI around 4:30 pm on Friday announced the poll dates for four states, including West Bengal, and the UT of Puducherry. With the announcement of the polls the MCC came into force barring any new announcements by the government.
Close
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

Mamata calls herself 'daughter of Bengal', says will win despite eight phases

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:52 PM IST
Mamata said that the eight-phase election in Bengal raises many questions as other states are voting on a single day. She was addressing a press conference at her residence in Kalighat.
Close
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(PTI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.(PTI)

Watch| 'Dadagiri cholbe na': Rajnath Singh speaks in Bengali amid cheers

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:01 PM IST
The defence minister spoke in Bengali to connect with the people and said no 'dadagiri' (hooliganism) will be allowed in Bengal.
Close
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday also accused the Centre of failing to control the prices of petrol and cooking gas. (PTI PHOTO)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday also accused the Centre of failing to control the prices of petrol and cooking gas. (PTI PHOTO)

West Bengal, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu rush to announce last-minute sops

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:25 PM IST
  • The model code of conduct, which comes into effect immediately after poll dates are announced by the Election Commission, prohibits governments from making any welfare announcements
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. (HT archive)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. (HT archive)

Bengal elections begin on March 27; state stares at bi-polar contest

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:39 PM IST
The BJP has also pulled out all the stops with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Bengal three times in 30 days, followed by Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and more than 30 Union ministers and senior leaders from other states who Banerjee calls “outsiders”
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP