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Kolkata: Making a volte-face, West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) has revoked the extension of deadline that it had granted yesterday for the filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls.

Last night, the poll panel in an order had said that in view of the allegations of a large number of prospective candidates being obstructed from filing the nomination by the 9 April deadline, the same has been extended till 3 pm today.

The order was communicated to all the district magistrate and election officials down the line in the night itself. But making a volte-face this morning, the poll panel issued a fresh order canceling the extension.

This is even as several prospective candidates, who had failed to submit nomination papers at the end of the original deadline yesterday, turned up at the BDO and SDO offices all over the state much before the 11 am nomination opening time.

Interestingly, the fresh order canceling the extension of nomination deadline has been signed by the state election commissioner Amarendra Kumar Singh and not the poll panel’s secretary Nilanjan Sandilya. Usually, all orders and notifications from the poll panel are signed by the secretary, who acts under the order of the commissioner.

Commissioner Singh has cited “legal infirmities” in the extension order brought to his notice by a special secretary of the state government and the Trinamool vice-president Kalyan Banerjee as the reason for revoking the deadline extension.

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