Plea in SC challenges EC’s choice to carry polls in eight phases in West Bengal

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A plea difficult the Election Commission’s choice to conduct meeting elections over eight phases in West Bengal was filed within the Supreme Court on Monday.

The plea, filed by lawyer M L Sharma, seeks the apex courtroom’s route to the ballot panel to cease it from conducting eight-phase elections within the state because it violates Article 14 (proper to life) and Article 21 (proper to life) of the Constitution.

On February 26, the Election Commission introduced the schedule for meeting elections to be held in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry.

While the Trinamool Congress Party-led West Bengal could have elections over eight rounds from March 27-April 29, polling in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry can be held in a single part on April 6 and in Assam over three phases.

The plea, which can come up for listening to in few days, additionally seeks a route to the CBI to register an FIR into the alleged chanting of spiritual slogans throughout electioneering in West Bengal.

The chanting of “Jai Shri Ram, other religious slogans are creating disharmony” and is an offence below the IPC and the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the plea stated.

“Whether using a provocative religious slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is for electoral benefits as well as others is not violated S.123(3) & 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” reads the authorized query raised within the plea. PTI SJK