Governor makes last ditch effort as legal battle beckons
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WITH the stand-off between the Trinamool Congress government and the state election commission over holding of the panchayat polls in the state all set to go to the courts now, Governor M K Narayanan, who is mediating between the two sides, made a last ditch effort on a Sunday for a reconciliation.
"The Governor has told us to wait for some more days before we take legal steps (to resolve the deadlock). We cannot tell the Governor how long we can wait, but we will have to wait for the signal from the Governor," said Nayan Biyani, one of the lawyers on the panel of the state election commission. The sticking point between the two continues to be the deployment of the Central forces, a demand made by the state election commission and rejected by the government.
According to sources, the Governor is not in favour of the issue going to the courts and want a negotiated settlement as early as possible.
State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey, who and her officials held a marathon consultation with legal experts on Sunday, said they will take a final call on Monday. "We will take a final call tomorrow and seek legal options also only if the situation permits," Pandey told the waiting mediapersons after coming out of her office on Sunday late evening.
The commission has also been consulting noted lawyer Samaraditya Paul. Sources said the poll panel is also not on a firm wicket when it comes to legality of the issue and hence is drawing up a strategy to tackle the government's viewpoint in the court.
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