Supreme Court dismisses BJP’s plea seeking central forces for Bengal civic polls

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition filed by the BJP unit in West Bengal seeking deployment of central forces in the upcoming municipal polls in the state, and directed the party to approach the Calcutta High Court with its prayers.

The Bharatiya Janata Party contended that the apex court recently entertained similar petition during Tripura’s local body elections.

The top court said if it started entertaining petitions like this, then people and political parties from across the country will start filing petitions directly before the apex court even on issues like panchayat and municipal elections.

“We cannot take decisions with respect to the requirement of central forces.

“The high court will be in a better position to know the situation,” a bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and comprising Justice BR Gavai said.

The bench of the apex court asked senior advocate Maninder Singh, who was appearing for the BJP, to approach the Calcutta High Court with its prayers.


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