Kolkata: The Calcutta high court on Friday (June 18) deferred to June 24 hearing in the petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari’s Nandigram win in the 2021 state assembly elections.
The case was slated to be heard by Justice Kausik Chanda at 11am today. The Calcutta HC directed in its Friday order, ”Let the matter be listed next Thursday. In the meantime, the Registrar shall file a report before this court as to whether the petition has been filed in conformity with the Representation of People Act”.
Even though the Trinamool Congress (TMC) returned to power for the third consecutive term, Mamata Banerjee lost to her former aide Suvendu Adhikari by a narrow margin of 1,956 votes in the assembly elections.
After her defeat in Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Returning Officer of the Assembly seat had said that he was threatened against recounting of votes.
Despite Banerjee losing the seat to Adhikari, who was once her close aide, the TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly.
The BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
Briefing the media persons, Mamata had said, “I received an SMS from someone wherein the Returning Officer of Nandigram has written to someone if he allows recounting then his life would be under threat. For four hours the server was down. Governor also congratulated me. Suddenly everything changed. I will move court.”
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) even wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), West Bengal seeking “immediate re-counting of votes and postal ballots” in the Nandigram constituency, but recounting was refused for reasons unknown.