On West Bengal elections in 8 phases, a plea in Supreme Court

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The election will begin in West Bengal on March 27 and the results will be announced on May 2.

The petition questioned the February 26 decision of the poll panel declaring eight-phase polling in West Bengal as against three phases in Assam, and a single phase in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry.
The petition questioned the February 26 decision of the poll panel declaring eight-phase polling in West Bengal as against three phases in Assam, and a single phase in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry.

The decision of the Election Commission to hold West Bengal State elections in eight phases, the longest, which was ever questioned in litigation of public interest submitted by lawyers before the Supreme Court.

Lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma filed a petition on Monday and the same thing was registered by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The petition questioned the decision on February 26 from the pollum panel stated that the eight phase poll in West Bengal was against three phases in Assam, and one phase in the Tamil Nadu state, Kerala and Union Puducherry region.

“Conduct elections in eight phases in the single phase in other countries,

especially when West Bengal does not face a terrorist attack or under the zone of disputed war … is a case of violations of Article 14 (right to equality) of the Indian Constitution,” Read petition.

Along with the problem of conducting polls, the petition even urged all polls to record the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan which was used as a religious tool by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to find votes in front of the poll.

The petition demanded the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) to register a case against the Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah and the BJP leader of the state of Suvendu Adhikari to promote hostility by raising religious slogans.

Sharma asked the peak court to decide whether the use of the provocative religious slogan “Jai Shri Ram” must be treated as violations of elections below 123 (3) and 125 representation of the People’s Law that does not allow candidates or anyone who is related to the election to promote feelings of hatred For reasons of religion, race, caste, community or language.

“Using the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan must be banned and anyone,

individual or party or a group of people who use it before the election or during the election or after it must be prohibited from participating in the election,” Sharma said in a request.

In addition, petitions include prayer to sign the political parties involved in the action

The election will begin in West Bengal on March 27 and the results will be announced on May 2.

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