Kolkata: The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that re-election for around 20,000 local body seats in Bengal that were won uncontested by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party Trinamool Congress in May.
The party had bagged 20,178 panchayat seats without contest, leading to the opposition alleging violence and terror tactics by Bengal's ruling party.
The opposition has alleged that because of TMC's bullying, no one could file nominations to contest those seats.
"Keeping in view of the seriousness of allegations of nominations being stopped, Supreme Court allows individuals to take legal recourse," the judges said.
Opposition parties, including the CPM, BJP and Congress, went to Calcutta High Court in the run-up to the panchayat polls, pleading that their candidates could not file the nominations because of alleged violence by TMC.
There were reports that alleged Trinamool workers held motorcycle rallies with swords in their hands outside the nomination filing centres on nomination day and scared the aspirants away.
The Calcutta High Court ordered the State Election Commission to accept electronically filed nomination papers but the poll body challenged the order in Supreme Court.