Krishnanagar, May 13: The much controversial panchayat poll is all set to be held on Monday in Nadia along with other parts of the state. The Calcutta High court in last week confirmed the poll date ending the stalemate with the state saw several incidents of pre-poll violence between ruling Trinamul and a largely combined opposition of forces of BJP and CPM. The three tier polls for gram panchayats, panchayat samities and zilla parishads will be held in secret ballot papers from 7 am to 5 pm. The counting of votes will be
The apex court has categorically cautioned the state election commission to conduct the poll with ‘absolute fairness’ following controversies over ‘unopposed win’ of around 34% seats by the ruling Trinamul Congress.
Nadia has 47 zilla parishad seats as well as 541 panchayat samity seats in 18 panchayat samities. There are also 3209 gram panchayat seats in 185 gram panchayat bodies. However, elections will be held for 44 zilla parishad seats as well as 460 panchayat samity seats and 2689 gram panchayat seats.
Trinamul has already won 3 ZP seats unopposed, whereas the numbers of such unopposed seats in panchayat samity are 81 and in gram panchayats are 520.
In other term apart from winning 3 ZP seats unopposed, Trinamul has already won 1 panchayat samity (Haringhata) unopposed as well as 30 gram panchayat bodies. All these gram panchayat bodies are in Chakdaha and Haringhata block.
Meanwhile, extensive security arrangements have been made by the district administration to conduct fair polling. Superintendent of Nadia police Santosh Pandey said, “Over 600 police officers, 5000 constables and equal number of civic volunteers have been deployed to ensure security and to maintain law and order in and around the polling stations across the district”
“There will be 312 mobile team, apart from several quick response team (QRT), radio flying squads, cluster mobile squads ready to ensure security”, said SP Santosh Pandey.
Additional personnel from Kolkata police, Howrah police, Bankura police have also been brought along with an additional SP level officer to reinforce the police strength in the district, the SP added.