Experts say court could be arbiter to break the deadlock

The stand off between the SEC and the state government over the final panchayat poll date has created ripples in the administrative circles who claim that this is the first instance of such a situation where the things have come to a naught. In such a situation, they said, the only way out would be to move to High Court to resolve the impasse.

M N Roy, a retired civil servant who served as panchayat secretary, said " Since the first panchyat polls in 1988, this is the first time the state government officials are witnessing such a controversy. If both the parties remain firm on their stands, then the State Election Commission will have to move to the High Court against the state government to resolve the issue."

Previously in states like Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, when differences between the state governments and state election panels cropped up, the latter moved to Supreme Court. And in all the past instances, considering the right of the citizens, the state election commission has won the battle.

Significantly, if the state election commission appeals in the High Court, then there is a chance that panchyat election might be delayed , Roy added.

Prof Biswanath Chakraborty, Associate Professor of Rabindra Bharati University and a researcher, said both the state government and state election commission should come to an understanding so that panchyat election could be conducted freely in the state.

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