WB: Jagdeep Dhankhar gives assent to the Howrah civic bill

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has granted his consent to a bill eliminating sections of the erstwhile Bally municipality from the Howrah Municipal Corporation, according to State Advocate General S N Mookherjee, who notified the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court on Friday. The law had already been sent back to the state government for review by the Governor. The news comes a day after the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) informed the Calcutta High Court that it intends to hold elections for the state's remaining civic bodies in two parts.

The first phase of municipal elections in Howrah, Biddhannagar, Chandannagar, Asansol, and Siliguri will take place on January 22, according to the state poll commision. The election for 109 municipalities will take place in the second phase on February 27.

The Advocate General informed the High Court that the schedule was set based on the expectation that the Bill would be signed by the Governor in a timely manner, and that separate dates were set for the civic body elections in Howrah and Bally. It was also stated that if the Governor's approval was not received in a timely manner, the Howrah civic body election will be omitted from the first phase. Dhankhar, on the other hand, surprised everyone by signing the measure.

Meanwhile, on Friday, West Bengal State Election Commissioner Saurav Das met with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and reviewed problems connected to the state's upcoming municipal elections. "Today at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata, WB State Election Commissioner Shri Saurav Das met with Governor West Bengal Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar. Dhankhar wrote, "It was traversed issues related to Municipal Elections @MamataOfficial."

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