West Bengal panchayat elections: Repoll ordered in 568 booths

West Bengal panchayat election 2018 results LIVE TMC ahead in most Panchayat Samities BJP second

Killings, bombing and booth capturing by firearms wielding political goons turned West Bengal's three-tier panchayat polls into a bloodied affair on Monday as violence claimed 18 lives, according to a local television channel.

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.

It has been reported that most booths where repoll has been ordered are in North 24 Parganas, Coochbehar, Murshidabad, Bankura and West Midnapore. 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.

Repolling will be held from 7 am till 5 pm.

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Sources said top government officials held a series of meetings with chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday before giving clearance to the election commission panel to announce the number of booths for Wednesday's re-polls.

Due to the violence during the polls on Monday, several candidates reached out to the State Election Commission demanding repolling in their booths.

"People weren't allowed to file nominations".

"Ballot boxes were found in a pond. innocent party workers, not only of the BJP but of other parties too, were killed", he said.

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Addressing BJP workers at the party headquaters here following the Karnataka verdict, he said the people should think seriously about the violence in West Bengal yesterday.

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 17.

"Where is the spirit of democracy?" "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.

He said: "There is one more thing I want to talk about...the scenes from the Panchayat Elections in West Bengal. All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit", he added.

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