West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday moved the Calcutta High Court, challenging the election of the BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari from the Nandigram assembly constituency.
The matter is scheduled to be heard at 11 am on Friday before a single-judge bench of Justice Kausik Chanda.
As per the ’cause list’ released by the Calcutta HC in its website, the matter is scheduled to be taken up via video conference before the HC of Justice Kausik Chanda as “to be mentioned”.
The Election Commission of India had declared Adhikari the winner and the Trinamool Congress chief the runner-up in the fiercely contested election for Nandigram. According to the ECI, the margin of victory was less than 2,000 votes.
Alleging tampering of EVM machines and refusal of demands for recounting by the concerned EC official, CM Banerjee had said following declaration of the results that the doors of the court will be knocked on the issue. BJP MLA Adhikari is at present the leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly.
CM Banerjee had vacated her seat of Bhabanipore to contest the elections from Nandigram in a bid to challenge former confidante Adhikari.
While initial counting put the Bengal CM ahead of Adhikari by 1,200 votes, the BJP’s candidate eventually managed to score a victory by defeating the two-time chief minister.
The BJP increased its tally in the West Bengal Assembly from 3 to 77 after the recently-concluded state polls.
The Trinamool Congress, meanwhile, swept the poll by winning 213 out of the total 294 seats. The TMC had also sought a recounting of votes polled in the Nandigram constituency on 2 May.
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