Repolling begins for WB panchayat polls at 568 booths across 20 districts

  • Repolling begins for WB panchayat polls at 568 booths across 20 districts

Repolling begins for WB panchayat polls at 568 booths across 20 districts

After 12 persons were killed in widespread violence during the West Bengal Panchayat election a day ago, post-poll clashes continue to rock parts of the state on Tuesday.

This happened as a result of people's agitation when the re-polling started late in booth number 36/37.

Incidents of violence, including arson and threats, were reported from across the state on Monday as 20 districts of West Bengal voted for the panchayat polls. In Uttar Dinajpur's Raiganj, Sub-Divisional Officer TN Sherpa was assaulted by voting personnel who were protesting against the death of presiding officer Rajkumar Roy, Ei Samay reported.

The repoll would take place on Wednesday between 7 am and 5 pm amid tight security.

The state government and the police have been asked to make elaborate security arrangements so that polling can be held in a free and fair manner, the SEC official said.

Due to the violence during the polls on Monday, several candidates reached out to the State Election Commission demanding repolling in their booths.

He said two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers died in Nandigram in East Midnapore district and a Jharkhand Disom Party worker died in Kushmundi of South Dinajpur.

"People weren't allowed to file nominations". Ballot boxes were found in ponds...innocent party workers, not only of BJP, were killed.

The key battle in the state is expected to take place between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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. "It is unfortunate", Modi said.

He was addressing workers at the BJP central office here after the BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls. Democracy was throttled at every stage from filing nomination to the polling day.

All parties, the civil society and the judiciary will have to play an active role.