Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi Friday said the assembly elections in West Bengal will be held at their due time only and not be advanced.
Asked about the possibility of holding the elections ahead of schedule, Quraishi said as per the Constitutional provisions they were due only on June 11 next.
“The Constitution gives us the power on holding Assembly elections six months before the due date which is December 11, this year. Therefore, it is only after December 12 that we can decide about the best date for holding the election,” he told to mediapersons.
‘Before Dec 11, 2010 we are not in the picture at all. We can only say that the assembly elections in the state will be held between Dec 11, 2010 and June 11, 2011,’ he added.
Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has been insisting on early polls in the Left Front-ruled state citing ‘breakdown’ of law and order there and that the government has lost the moral right to continue in office.
Quraishi maintained that they are satisfied with the preparedness of the state government, but declined to answer to a question whether the polls will be held in phases.