The Supreme Court has rejected the BJP’s application seeking deployment of paramilitary forces in the civic polls to be held in West Bengal. The top court, while rejecting the application of the BJP, advised it to file an application in the High Court for this. Justice L. The bench of Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai told senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing the BJP, that we will not hear this application and you should go to the High Court. During the hearing, it was said on behalf of the BJP that our candidates are being threatened and violence is happening on a large scale in the civic elections of Kolkata.
Not only this, but the BJP’s lawyer also raised questions on the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the application. Maninder Singh said that a similar application of TMC against the Tripura government was heard on your behalf. On this, the court said that if we start hearing the applications like this, then political parties across the country will start coming directly to the Supreme Court for the Panchayat and local body elections. Earlier on November 25, the Supreme Court had ordered the Home Ministry to send two additional companies of paramilitary forces to maintain security in Tripura’s civic polls.
In fact, Trinamool Congress and CPM had filed an application in the court saying that their supporters are being prevented from voting. On this, the Supreme Court ordered the Home Ministry and the Tripura government. Now a similar application was filed by the BJP. The BJP says that the candidates whose names it had announced for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections are getting threats. Apart from this, it is being asked to withdraw from the election season itself.