Cannot follow HC order on rural polls: Bengal minister

West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukhejee today reiterated that the Calcutta High Court's verdict on panchayat polls cannot be implemented by any government. "I am not saying we will not obey the order but the High Court order cannot be implemented under any circumstances," said Mukherjee while on a tour of Purulia.

The minister said the state had no other option but to go for an appeal to the division bench challenging the verdict of the single bench.

Mukherjee also hinted that the door of other superior courts was also open if the division bench upheld the single bench judgement. The panchayat minister's statements, however, contradict Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim at a public meeting in Burdwan Friday that the panchayat polls will be held on "time" and that all development work will be taken up.

A counsel of the state government in the Calcutta High Court today said the appeal of the state government is likely to be moved on Monday before a division bench of the High Court.

He admitted there was confusion over the action taken by the state government. The High Court will be closed for summer vacation on May 18. The counsel of the state government said they would pray for a stay order passed by the single bench. If the stay order was passed, the case would be heard in the June after the summer vacation.

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