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Mamata hopes for `good order` by Calcutta HC on panchayat polls

The state government had submitted a proposal for a four-phase poll to the State Election Commission and the Calcutta High Court.



Kolkata: With the Calcutta High Court asking the West Bengal government and SEC to come up with their positions on Wednesday after calculating phase-wise availability and requirement of security forces, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday hoped that it would give a `good order`.

"We want the panchayat polls to be held smoothly and in a proper manner and it is our hope that the high court will deliver a good order," the Chief Minister told reporters at the state secretariat.

"The matter is sub-judice and I won`t comment further," she said.

Law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, who was present at a meeting with the chief minister and panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee, said that the state government had submitted a proposal for a four-phase poll to the State Election Commission and the Calcutta High Court.

"We hope panchayat elections will be held. It concerns people`s development," she said.

Earlier, Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Home Secretary Basudev Banerjee and DGP Naparajit Mukherjee held a 10 minute discussion with State Election Commissioner Mira Pandey. What transpired at the meeting, was not known.

PTI

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