27 January, 2021

Like Ripples In Stagnant Water

Haunted by dipping votes, the LF goes into a panchayat poll

Like Ripples In Stagnant Water
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AND now, the panchayat polls. Once again, it is an election that nobody really wants. Particularly after the high-flown oratory of the Lok Sabha polls. But, as per the law, the 1998 West Bengal pan-chayat polls must be held by May 31 which marks the end of the five-year tenure for the three-tier panchayat structure—village panchayats, panchayat samitis and district councils.

Following the 1998 Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal has been left with three major political groupings instead of the traditional two—the ruling Left Front, the BJP-Trinamul combine and the Congress. But, for all their political differences, all three groups agree that the panchayat polls would be an unwelcome chore, coming on the heels of the Lok Sabha elections. "Everything has to change, suddenly voters of the rural and semi-urban areas—there will be elections in some municipal areas as well—will be asked to vote on local, not national, issues at a time when even the graffiti of the Lok Sabha polls has not yet faded! What kind of verdict can one expect from...

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