WB Panchayat polls: CPI(M) leaders protest over violence in state

WB Panchayat polls: CPI(M) leaders protest over violence in state

Congress supporters have blocked NH-31 after accusing TMC-backed criminals of shooting one of their supporters during clashes outside a counting centre in South Dinajpur. The repolling was more or less peaceful and was held amidst tight security. In North Bengal, the counting is underway in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and Malda districts. Tension gripped Raiganj town of Uttar Dinjapur, where the body of a polling officer Rajkumar Roy was recovered.

"The re-polling is being held in 568 panchayat election booths spread across 20 districts of the state", an official said.

Kolkata, May 16: The counting of votes for West Bengal panchayat Elections 2018 are begun at 7 am, and are now underway. Over a dozen people were killed in the violence.

Kolkata: The death toll in Panchayat polls and post-election violence rose to around 23 on Tuesday. "Repolling has been ordered in those booths where TMC candidates might lose the polls".

The booths, where re-polling took place, include 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others.

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The West Bengal Panchayat system is three-tiered, with 20 Zila Parishad, under it comes 9240 Panchayat Samiti and the 48650 Gram Panchayat are at the lowest level of the tier. It accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of bringing outsiders with the help of Border Security Force personnel on the polling day to create unrest.

The panchayat elections were held for 621 zilla parishads, 6,123 panchayat samitis and 31,802 gram panchayats in West Bengal on Monday.

The ruling Trinamool Congress today surged ahead by registering victory in over 2,400 gram panchayat seats in West Bengal, according to the results available till 12 noon, SEC officials said.

Anuj Sharma, additional director general of police (law and order) admitted to six deaths in poll-related violence since Sunday night.

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