West Bengal Panchayat polls: Re-polling at 568 booths underway

Posted May 17, 2018

There is fear of violence during the counting process because of which heavy security has been deployed. The counting is taking place at multiple centres.

The results of panchayat samiti elections, along with zilla parishad and gram panchayat poll, will be declared by the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) today. Meanwhile, the Centre termed as "sketchy" details on the panchayat polls violence and asked the West Bengal government to send another report. The major players in the West Bengal Panchayat Elections are the Trinamool Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Tension erupted in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district where mutilated body of a polling officer Rajkumar Roy was recovered from the rail tack.

The counting is being held a day after repolling was held in 568 booths of 20 districts across West Bengal.

The opposition parties have accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of orchestrating unprecedented terror on the polling day and alleged the state election commission and state administration completely failed to conduct a free and fair election.

This adds to the long list of violent incidents that have erupted in the ongoing polls in the state, with at least 12 people having lost their lives so far. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh and state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, too, indicated they were examining legal options. "Repolling has been ordered in those booths where TMC candidates might lose the polls". Trinamool candidates were elected unopposed in 34% of seats. In Howrah district, TMC is leading in 281 gram panchayat seats, while BJP is in second position with 4 seats; in East Midnapore district, TMC is leading in 390 seats and BJP in 14.

Derek O'Brien Says that Violence is under control: You all may know that the 13 people were killed and a lot got injured during the West Bengal panchayat elections violence.

Almost 71,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls, News 18 reported.