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Kolkata: The opposition political parties in Bengal have moved a contempt petition in the Calcutta High Court against the State Election Commission (SEC).

The move comes following widespread political violence, allegedly carried out by Trinamool, in different parts of the state today during the filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls under an extended deadline.

CPI-M, BJP, and Congress moved the petition jointly in the court of justice Subrata Talukdar alleging that SEC has violated the HC’s 20 April order about extending the deadline for peaceful nomination filing and rescheduling of the Panchayat polls.

In the petition, they have pointed out that while SEC issued a notification on 21 April announcing one day window for nomination filing, it hasn’t yet announced fresh dates for the Panchayat polls.

Besides this, the poll panel also did not issue necessary orders for filing of nomination in SDO offices to skirt Trinamool attacks on opposition candidates, and allowed withdrawal of candidatures during the HC imposed stay on the Panchayat poll process from 12-20 April.

Justice Talukdar, who had passed the 20 April order, has admitted the contempt petition. The matter is scheduled for hearing at 10.30 am tomorrow.

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