WB Panchayat elections: Re-polling underway in 568 booths

If that is counted the Trinamul’s tally will be 20 out of 20. Till the reports last came in at around 6 pm when the counting of GP was still underway the Trinamul had won in 16,166 seats

WB Panchayat elections: Re-polling underway in 568 booths

The West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) today ordered repolling in 568 booths tomorrow following complaints of violence during the pancahayat polls held yesterday. 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.

As the day progressed, reports of clashes, booth capturing, vandalising of ballot boxes and rigging were received from pockets of South and North 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Nadia, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.

Repolling will be held from 7 am till 5 pm.

The poll panel has asked the state government and the police to make elaborate security arrangements so that polling can be held in a free and fair manner.

Repoll will take place on Wednesday, and the votes are to be counted on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on Tuesday at the Mamata Banerjee government describing Monday's blood-soaked panchayat polls as "murder of democracy". He also said, it is a matter of serious concern that people were not allowed to file nominations. Bringing up the reference to the violence during the rural polls Modi said, "The entire country must have watched on television the way democracy was murdered during the panchayat election in Bengal".

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". People from all the leading parties except the one that rules Bengal suffered.

He was addressing workers at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s central office in the national capital after the party emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls.

In another development, Opposition parties are set to initiate legal steps against the SEC alleging that the death toll on the polling day had been at least 20.

"It is not just about winning elections".

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