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Minorities in West Bengal with Mamta
Madan Mitra, the West Bengal Minister for Sports and Transport inaugurated a press conference organized by All India Minority Forum on the forthcoming elections in Howrah and Panchayats. A lot of good work has been done for development of minorities in Bengal in the last two years, said Dr. N.R. Barkati Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid. The minority Muslims, Jains, Sikhs and Christians in Bengal are in full support of the Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, he added.

At the conference, Idris Ali, Chairman TMC Minority Cell said, “It is expected that we will win by 1 Lakh votes in the Howrah elections.” He added that the steps taken by the State Election Commission (SEC) are not in the right direction and are biased, arbitrary and unreasonable.

Prof. Narayan Jain, former Member West Bengal Minorities Commission, said that under Article 243K of the Constitution of India the State Legislatures have been conferred with powers to legislate on all matters connected with Panchayat Elections. SEC has no specific deeming powers that the persons engaged in Panchayat Election are deemed to be under SEC.

Just. (Retd.) B.L. Jain said that as per section 28A of The Representation of The People Act, 1951 the SEC does not have powers for Panchayat Elections as Election Commission of India has in the case of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Shanti Lal Jain, Chairman CTC was also present at the press interaction.

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