Opposition parties led by the BJP have raised their pitch against the ruling Trinamul establishment, seeking to embarrass it in the run-up to the rural polls and renewing their demand for central forces.
Two stations of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) torched during last year's statehood agitation are yet to be rebuilt even as other facilities such as AC coaches for the toy train have been introduced.
The Bengal election commission told representatives of political parties on Saturday that four hours on Monday would be set aside for the filing of nominations, but it was silent on the key question of rescheduling the panchayat polls.
We are still a few kilometres from the forests of Lalgarh in Jhargram, where the grand event would unfold. Thousands of people from the bush and surrounding villages would gather in Jangalmahal - the forested belt straddling Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Birbhum. It is April 13, another day marked by tribals for a hunt.
A youth Trinamul leader is contesting as an Independent and has reportedly fielded six others, including his father, another relative and some friends, against the party's official candidate for a panchayat seat at Dinhata in Cooch Behar.
The difference in the stance of Kamtapur Progressive Party (KPP) and Kamtapur Peoples' Party (United) on panchayat elections has led to confusion among a section of voters belonging to the Rajbangshi community.