WB Panchayat elections: Re-polling underway in 568 booths


WB Panchayat elections: Re-polling underway in 568 booths

Ruling Trinamool Congress described his allegation as baseless. The total percentage of poll was finally put at 82.13, according to the election commission.

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).

In Monday's panchayat poll violence that swept across Bengal, 13 people died and around 50 were injured.

Counting of votes for the panchayat polls will be held on May 17. "So the commission made a decision to order repolling in all such booths where irregularities took place", said a source.

Such was the desperation of the ruling party to defeat the Opposition parties in 100 per cent seats, Mr Mannan alleged, that about 34 percent panchayat seats had gone uncontested.

The state Congress unit is also likely to file a contempt petition against state election commissioner, director general of police and additional director general of police. This is because 16,814 gram panchayat seats, 3,059 panchayat samiti seats and 203 zila parishad were uncontested.

He said the administration was in the process of ensuring tight security for Wednesday's re-polling between 7am and 5pm.

"This might be highest ever number of booths for re-polling since 1980 when the first rural polls were held in the state".

Tension erupted in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district where mutilated body of a polling officer Rajkumar Roy was recovered from the rail tack. Jhargram is the only district where no re-polling took place. No BJP worker was killed.

A CPI-M worker and his wife were charred to death after their house was set on fire in South 24 Parganas, reports said. You all should know that clashes broke out at several places between rival groups on Monday and killed a lot of people which is unexpected. Some reports are saying that CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury dismisses the remarks of Derek O' Brien that violence occurred during the Left rule too, saying if that was true, Mamata Banerjee would never have come to power in the state.