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

Unknown people burn ballot boxes after snatching them from a polling booth during panchayat polls at Deotala in Malda district of West Bengal | PTI

According to exit poll by News18, there will be a "Green storm" in Bengal.

"Around 68 per cent polling was recorded". In the polling booths of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Paragana and West Midnapore, security personnel maintained strict vigil on the re-polling process and kept these areas nearly violence-free.

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

West Bengal: Rapid Action Force (RAF) & police baton charged on people in Uttar Dinajpur district's Goalpokhar as a crowd-control measure after the people agitated when the voting process for #PanchayatElection re-polling started late in booth no. 36/37.

Of the 58,000-plus seats in the state, more than 38,000 were up for contest.

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The state election commission declined to comment on Ray's death. This is because 16,814 gram panchayat seats, 3,059 panchayat samiti seats and 203 zila parishad were uncontested. Contempt petitions should be issued against concerned police officers as their inaction on the polling day amounted to intervention with the administration of the court's order.

The Panchayat polls, which were held on Monday, May 14, had to be rescheduled in 568 election booths spread across 19 districts of the state by the State Election Commission for today as proceedings were marred by violence.

Declaring re-polls in 573 booths was not easy for the commission as the state government did not want to give its nod to such a large number.

# Violence had broken out in North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts. Jhargram is the only district where no re-polling took place. Workers of these parties were killed. The charred bodies of two CPI (M) candidates, Debu Das and Uma Das, were recovered from their house in South 24 Parganas. 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. (BJP state president has said "We will show them what violence is").

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