Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today refused to interfere in the West Bengal panchayat election schedule announced by the State Election Commission but pulled up the poll body, asking it to conduct itself in a neutral manner and consider its observations as a wake up call. Making scathing observations against the Commission over its conduct with regard to the panchayat polls process, a division bench comprising Justice B Somadder and Justice A Mukherjee said the SEC had floundered in upholding its constitutional obligations. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe bench said that it was expected that the Commission would redeem itself by treating the court’s observations as a wake-up call.The court refused to interfere in the schedule announced by the Commission on a petition claiming that notification should provide all dates from nomination to that of result and prayed for quashing of the notification.The bench said that the SEC’s decision to reduce the number of phases for panchayat elections in the state from 3 to 1 in it second notification without providing necessary clarification inevitably raised eyebrows and was avoidable. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe SEC had initially announced that panchayat elections were to be held in three phases from May 1 to 5, but in another notification following a single bench order that had directed rescheduling of elections, it had appointed only May 14 for polling in the entire state.The court said that the SEC had itself invited litigations by its conduct and observed that it should have instead acted in a manner that allayed apprehensions and grievances of stakeholders. The bench also directed that the observations made by this court could not be used by any political party or individual participating in the elections.The observations were made in its order disposing of an appeal by Ritju Ghosal, a general secretary of West Bengal state unit of Indian National Congress, against a single bench judgement that refused to interfere in the SEC decision on the poll schedule.
BALURGHAT: Those who are homeless and have always been moving to and fro in search of shelter, either to avoid the sweltering summer heat or incessant rainfall, finally have something to rejoice about. The TMC-led Balurghat Municipality has undertaken a mega project to build a housing complex for the homeless at Khadimpur Loknath Mandirpara area, within two months.Official sources informed that the project has been jointly taken up by both the Centre and state. A fund amounting to around Rs 1,22,00,000 has already been sanctioned, to finish the entire project work within the stipulated period. Balurghat civic body chairman Rajen Shill said: “We can accommodate 50 homeless persons in the complex. Initially, we have decided that a four-storey building will be established with the fund. Construction of the ground floor has already been completed, while we have targeted to end the project work by the end of July.”
A Solo show of sculpture and installations by Harsha Vardhan Durugadda, curated by Monica Jain, will be showcased in the national Capital.The show which begins on January 3 has beautiful sculptures which have been created with a unique method.Harsha tries to shift the focus from the individual towards the other; literally whirling out. In that sense, his works encompasses the environment way beyond what one can see, way beyond the physically perceptible. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The Column of Sound’ stands tall as the centrepiece of the show, setting the mood, scale and competency of Harsha as he masters concepts, conquering size, material and dimension, turning the hidden inside out through his art.The capacity and capability of the creative spirit from time immemorial must find a visual, concrete cores soon and the works of Harsha bear testimony to his strength and achievement through his experimental works opening out avenues for him in the future especially for large-scale, collaborative works. Harsha V Durugadda is a Delhi based artist. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHarsha uses scale and sensation to address both social and personal issues, through his practice which often levitates between sculpture and performance art.Harsha’s art practice is myriad in terms of medium, where transfigurations and flamboyance are some of the more visible themes seen in his works.When: January 3 – 9 Where: Foyer Gallery, Lalit Kala Academi, Rabindra BhawanTimings: 10am – 6pm