Calcutta/Tamluk, Aug 29: Calcutta High Court today directed a block development officer in East Midnapore to conduct the election for the pradhan and deputy pradhan of Talgachchari II gram panchayat in seven days and submit a report.
Justice Sanjib Banerjee also asked the Ramnagar BDO, Tamajit Chakrabarti, to ensure that three arrested CPM victorious candidates who failed to vote for the top two rural posts today could take part in the next meeting.
“The BDO will have to supervise the meeting where three arrested CPM members would have to be present,” the judge said.
The Talgachchari II gram panchayat, which has 12 seats, is hung, with Trinamul and CPM winning six seats each. The election for the pradhan and the deputy pradhan was held today. Trinamul won the board as three of the CPM’s victorious candidates were arrested and failed to attend the meeting.
But the high court order to hold fresh elections for the top two posts made today’s voting null and void.
The order followed a petition by the East Midnapore district committee of the CPM that alleged that three of its elected members of the gram panchayat — Amarendra Bhadra, Ramkrishna Sarkar and Sonali De — were arrested by Ramnagar police this morning which prevented them from attending the voting.
According to the case diary, the election for the pradhan and the deputy pradhan was supposed to be held on August 17. But the meeting could not take place because of a clash between Trinamul and CPM supporters on that day. After the clash, both parties had lodged complaints with Ramnagar police trading allegations against each other.
While Trinamul had alleged that Amarendra and Ramkrishna had set fire to a police vehicle, the CPM in its complaint said Trinamul supporters attacked the BDO’s car.
Trinamul had also lodged a complaint against Sonali De, alleging that her brother-in-law had illegally stocked cooking gas cylinders in her house.
So, all three CPM elected members of the panchayat were arrested on non-bailable charges while the Trinamul members were slapped bailable charges.
After going through the papers, the judge passed his order.