India News | Press Trust of India | Thursday April 16, 2015
Holding that the State Election Commission (SEC) has the primacy in fixing the dates of polls, the Calcutta High Court today struck down West Bengal government's decision to withhold elections to seven civic bodies and ordered that the same be held within two months.
Elections News | Indo-Asian News Service | Thursday May 22, 2014
The highest turnout of voters in the 16th Lok Sabha election was recorded in the northeastern state of Nagaland, with 87.82 percent of electors exercising their franchise, while the lowest turnout of 49.52 percent was in Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission said on Thursday.
Elections News | Press Trust of India | Friday May 2, 2014
Poll violence in West Bengal has claimed seven lives and left 740 persons injured in 825 incidents across the state, Election Commission sources said today.
Elections News | Indo-Asian News Service | Wednesday April 9, 2014
The videos of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's speech, where she had cast aspersions on the functioning of the poll panel, would be forwarded to the Election Commission (EC) in Delhi for scrutiny, the state's chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta said on Wednesday.
Elections News | Edited by Surabhi Malik | Wednesday April 9, 2014
Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government today buckled and finally transferred seven officials in the state as directed by the Election Commission and replaced them with those chosen by the panel.
Elections News | Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Wednesday April 9, 2014
Ending its stand-off with the Election Commission, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has agreed to transfer five officials in the state and replace them with those that the commission has chosen.
Elections News | Reported by A Vaidyanathan; Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Tuesday April 8, 2014
The Election Commission has rejected a face-saver formula suggested by the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal and has made it clear that it must transfer eight officials in the state by tomorrow.
Elections News | Monideepa Banerjie | Monday April 7, 2014
Mamata Banerjee is furious at the Election Commission for ordering the transfer of officials in her West Bengal ahead of polling in the state for the general election. "I challenge the Election Commission to remove anybody while I am in charge," the Chief Minister declared today.
India News | Press Trust of India | Monday July 29, 2013
Seen as a prelude to Lok Sabha elections and a litmus test for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the ruling Trinamool Congress surged ahead of opposition Left Front and Congress in 11 of 17 districts in West Bengal, as initial results of gram panchayat polls came in today.
India News | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie; edited by Mala Das | Tuesday July 23, 2013
Another Mamata Banerjee man and more provocative words. This time it was West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra who went on a rant during a public rally on Monday attacking the state's election commission chief, the CPM, the Congress, the BJP and anyone else in between.
India News | Monideepa Banerjie | Monday July 22, 2013
Panchayat polls are usually associated with dance of democracy. But in West Bengal, they have turned into the dance of violence. During the voting for fourth phase of panchayat elections on Monday, seven people were killed - three in Murshidabad, two in Birbhum and one each in Malda and Nadia. Five years ago, 13 people had died in the state in poll...
India News | Press Trust of India | Sunday July 21, 2013
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday indirectly put the onus of panchayat poll violence on the State Election Commission (SEC), arguing that the elections were being conducted by the SEC and the state had provided adequate policemen requisitioned by the poll panel.
Kolkata News | Indo-Asian News Service | Thursday July 18, 2013
A leader of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Wednesday courted controversy by exhorting his party workers to hurl bombs at police and damage houses of independent candidates fighting the panchayat polls.
India News | Edited by Mala Das (with inputs from PTI) | Thursday July 11, 2013
Voting for the first of the controversial five-phased panchayat polls in West Bengal has begun. But despite stringent security arrangements, incidents of violence are already being reported. Senior CPM leader Surya Kanta Mishra was heckled by supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Midnapore after he cast this vote this morning.
India News | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Tuesday July 9, 2013
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken her attack on the State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey a step further.
India News | Indo-Asian News Service | Sunday July 7, 2013
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the State Election Commission of taking decisions at its "whims and fancies" and vowed to take revenge "democratically", hours after her Trinamool Congress boycotted a meeting called by the panel.
India News | Press Trust of India | Saturday July 6, 2013
The Trinamool Congress on Saturday stayed away from the all party meeting convened by State Election Commission in Kolkata on the upcoming panchayat polls in West Bengal.
India News | Press Trust of India | Friday July 5, 2013
Ahead of panchayat elections in West Bengal beginning July 11, the state election commission today reviewed law and order and poll arrangements in a meeting with district magistrates and police chiefs of nine districts going to poll in the first three of the five phases.
India News | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie (With inputs from PTI), Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Friday June 28, 2013
The Supreme Court has said panchayat polls in West Bengal will be held in five phases starting July 11.
India News | Edited by Shamik Ghosh | Wednesday June 26, 2013
Knives, metaphorically, were out at Calcutta High Court over the panchayat poll case today with the chief justice having to break up an argument between angry rival lawyers with an emphatic "enough is enough".
India News | Monideepa Banerjie | Wednesday June 26, 2013
The West Bengal Election Commission today moved the Supreme Court on the panchayat poll imbroglio in the state. The Mamata Banerjee government and the State Election Commission or SEC are at loggerheads over availability of security forces to conduct the elections which are scheduled to begin from July 2.
Kolkata News | Indo-Asian News Service | Tuesday June 25, 2013
There were unusual scenes in the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday as the chief justice and his colleague and the rival counsel of the West Bengal government and the State Election Commission frantically used calculators to ascertain the number of security personnel needed for the panchayat polls.
India News | Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Wednesday June 5, 2013
The Advocate General (AG) of West Bengal has landed himself in a major controversy following sexist remarks that he made in the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday. Bimal Chatterjee, who is the seniormost law officer in the state, had likened the State Election Commission (SEC) to a "beautiful lady", leading to high drama inside the court.
India News | Indo-Asian News Service | Tuesday May 28, 2013
The West Bengal State Election Commission on Monday issued the notification for phase one of the three-phase panchayat (rural body) polls, kickstarting the formal poll process and enforcing the model code of conduct.