West Bengal Likely To Get 14 Thousand More Panchayat Seats: Even before the festive season ends, the political tide starts to rise with the upcoming panchayat elections. The State Election Commission (State Election Commission) released the draft list of new seats for the three-tier panchayat system of 20 districts of the state on Wednesday. It has the potential to increase the number of seats at all levels. But apart from that, the dispute between the ruling party and the opposition started over the Panchayat elections with the help of the state police.
The number of seats in the upcoming three-tier panchayat elections in the state is going to increase in each tier. The State Election Commission on Wednesday published the draft list of the new seat arrangement of the three-tier panchayat system in 20 districts of the state. The draft list published by the commission on this day has said that many seats have been increased at the Zilla Parishad, panchayat Samiti, and gram panchayat levels compared to 2018. According to the published draft list, the 825 seats in the Zilla Parishad in 2018 have increased to 928. That means 103 seats increase in Zilla Parishad. Similarly, 281 seats are increasing at the Panchayat Samiti level. There the total number of seats has increased from 9217 to 9498. A significant number of seats have increased in Gram Panchayats. In the draft list, compared to 2018, there are a total of 13 thousand 712 seats in Gram Panchayat. In the last panchayat polls, the total number of gram panchayat seats in the state was 48,650. This year it is increasing to 62,362. The commission said that till November 2, the people of these 20 districts will be able to submit their demands for amendments and revisions in the draft list to the respective district governors and the state election commission. From 7th to 16th November, the revision of the list will be done accordingly. The final list will be published in the last week of November. The reservation work for the posts of Head, Deputy Head, President, Vice President, President, and Vice President will start from the first week of December. Which will continue throughout the month of December.
As per the rules, the burden of law and order in Panchayat elections rests with the respective state administration. Accordingly, Nabanna said that the Panchayat elections will be conducted with the state police. But the opposition strongly objected to it. At an event in Kanthi on Wednesday, state opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari warned of going to court if the panchayat polls are conducted by the state police. Opposition leaders were present at the Vijaya Sammilani function of BJP’s Kanthi organizational district at Kanthi Town Hall. Expressing anger over the role of the police in Kantipur elections, he demanded central forces hold the panchayat elections. He said, if the demand is not met, they will go to court.
Congress has raised its voice by objecting to the state police. On this day in Murshidabad’s Kandi, State Election Commission was called a branch organization of Trinamool and threatened to go to court if necessary. He said, “The Election Commissioner of the state is a servant of the Trinamool leader. Naturally, the election commission here will not say those panchayat elections should be conducted by central forces. is a farce. We don’t want elections in this farce. Court for him, Kachari will do whatever.
The Trinamool did not stop criticizing this speech of the opposition. Kunal Ghosh, the spokesperson of the party, said, “Those who are talking so much about elections with state police, should not amend the constitution of the country and make another alternative system in their own states too! Where it is clearly stated in the constitution, which vote will be done by the central forces, and which vote will be done by the state police. It is not doing as the state government wants. It is constitutionally recognized.” In this regard, Kunal Ghosh raised the issue of terrorism in the by-polls in BJP-ruled Tripura. He said, “When Tripura did that much terror in the polls with their own police, I didn’t think about it! Not the state police, not the central force.