Bengal polls take grim turn; 12 dead, scores injured

West Bengal Panchayat Election Result 2018 Live Updates: Will Trinamool Congress sweep polls? Counting today

West Bengal Panchayat Election Result 2018 Live Updates: Will Trinamool Congress sweep polls? Counting today

West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) ordered re-polling on May 16 in 568 booths in 19 of 20 districts following demands by Opposition parties and reports of sporadic political violence that claims 26 lives in the past two days.

In Uttar Dinajpur district's Goalpokhar, the police officials baton-charged on people, exercising a crowd-control measure, as they were agitating following delay in the voting process.

The West Bengal unit of the BJP today slammed the TMC for "murdering democracy" in the state during yesterday's Panchayat polls that left at least 12 people dead and several injured.

North Dinajpur tops the repoll list with 73 booths, followed by Murshidabad (63 booths), Nadia (60 booths), North 24-Parganas (59 booths), Malda (55 booths) and Cooch Behar (52 booths).

SEC official confirms that the re-polling will start at 7 am in the morning and will end at 5 pm.

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.

"People weren't allowed to file nominations".

It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of bringing in people from Bangladesh, Assam, and Jharkhand with the help of Border Security Force personnel on the polling day to create unrest. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before questioning us, should answer on the anarchy that his party has created throughout the country", TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. "This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal has to see such sights, it is unfortunate", the Prime Minister said, adding that such malpractices are worrying in a democracy.

As per news agency IANS, PM Modi further said, "It is not just about winning elections". Ballot boxes were found in ponds...innocent party workers, not only of BJP, were killed.

The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on Thursday. "All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.