West Bengal panchayat elections: Repoll ordered in 568 booths
West Bengal panchayat elections: Repoll ordered in 568 booths
West Bengal panchayat polls: Counting of votes to begin amid fears of more violence
17 May, 2018, 02:16
Sporadic incidents of violence took place in South and North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts late on Monday. "The counting will take place tomorrow (on May 17)", the SEC officials said.
The repolls in these booths were held following reports of widespread violence during the panchayat polls on Monday which had claimed at least 12 lives.
The Calcutta high court had ruled last week that if the scale of violence during polling on Monday exceeds that of 2013, top officials including the state election commissioner will be ordered to personally pay up for compensation.
In Cooch Behar district, 20 people were injured in a low intensity blast at a polling booth. Election was not held to the remaining seats because opposition parties could not field candidates and have demanded that nominations filed through electronic messaging be treated as legitimate.
The SEC feels that the death may not have been caused due to the poll violence.
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Several polling officials on Wednesday blocked the Raiganj-Kaliaganj Road for around two-hours demanding a thorough probe into the death. The voter, reportedly, died at Baishnabnagar area after he fell ill while standing in the queue.
Many people have been killed in the panchayat poll in the state and the administration is busy either hiding the number of casulties or putting the blame on others, he said.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh alleged that the law and order situation under the present government has completely collapsed in West Bengal.
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Opposition parties have accused the TMC of unleashing "a reign of terror and destroying democracy".
Whereas, the TMC leadership expressed satisfaction over what they termed as "free and fair" polls conducted by the SEC. TMC's secretary general Partha Chatterjee told NDTV, "The Prime Minister has reacted to his disappointment at not getting a majority in Karnataka".
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