West Bengal Panchayat polls: Re-polling at 568 booths underway

West Bengal Panchayat elections Re-polling underway at 568 booths after SEC order

Repolling is being held from 7 am till 5 pm.

An administrative source pointed out that these were the districts that had reported the maximum complaints of malpractice and violation within a few hours of polling on Monday.

The killings were reported from eight of the 20 districts where polling were held, and the victims included four supporters of the Trinamool, three of the CPI (M) and two of the BJP.

Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements in the poll bound areas in order to hold elections in a free and fair manner.

Aggrieved by the violence that marked yesterday's panchayat polls in West Bengal, several candidates who were in the fray met State Election Commission (SEC) officials and demanded repolling in their booths.

The re-polling of panchayat polls in West Bengal is being held on Wednesday in 568 panchayat election booths spread across 19 districts of the state.

Unidentified miscreants escape with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua. Some people were brandishing guns as well
Unidentified miscreants escape with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua. Some people were brandishing guns as well

The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

As the day progressed, reports of clashes, booth capturing, vandalizing of ballot boxes and rigging were received from pockets of South and North 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Nadia, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts. He said people were bullied and weren't even allowed to file nominations.

He also added, "In this panchayat poll, Trinamool lost the highest number of workers compared to any other party and has the highest number of injured workers". You all can say that it is going to affect the whole thing of election and the government didn't accept that.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "unwarranted comments" on panchayat polls in West Bengal, the TMC today said Modi's remarks were out of frustration as the BJP could not win a majority in Karnataka. "From (filing of) nominations to polling, democracy had no place", he said.

The state's ruling Trinamool Congress, however, claimed that the people were able to exercise their democratic rights and said the situation was well handled barring a few isolated incidents.

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