WB Panchayat polls: SEC orders repoll in 568 booths today

WB Panchayat polls: SEC orders repoll in 568 booths today

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.

TMC was accused of perpetrating violence in all districts of West Bengal.

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).

Repolling will be held from 7 am till 5 pm.

Ahead of the Wednesday repolls, the state government and police had been asked to make elaborate security arrangements so that the repolling can be held in a free and fair manner, the SEC official added.

"The re-polling is being held in 568 panchayat election booths spread across 20 districts of the state", an official said. "The counting will take place tomorrow (on May 17)", the SEC officials said.

On Monday, PM Modi speaking at the BJP headquarters slammed the Mamata government over the West Bengal Panchayat violence calling it a "murder of democracy". He also said, it is a matter of serious concern that people were not allowed to file nominations.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses party supporters during a celebration event ahead of wining the Karnataka election in New Delhi on May 15, 2018.

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. "Innocent party workers, not only of the BJP but of other parties too, were killed", he said.

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.

The election process had been marred by violence, from the first day of filing of nomination papers on April 2.

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

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