West Bengal panchayat election: Repolling in 573 booths underway

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

The re-polling was announced following deadly violence on Monday that killed at least 12 people and injured 43 others.

They said initially the commission was keen on keeping the number of booths for re-polls to a bare minimum but had to change its mind once reports from the observers and presiding officers started pouring in.

PM's caustic attack on the government for not allowing democracy to thrive in the "great land of Bengal" came a day after the Union home ministry sought a report from the state on the polling-day violence. Voting began at 7 am and will end at 5 PM.

The state government and the poice have been asked to provide tight security arrangements to make sure the polling takes place in a free and fair manner, they said. The booths where repolling is being held are spread in all the 20 districts of the state where the rural polls were held on Monday, SEC officials said. People from all the leading parties except the one that rules Bengal suffered.

Additional Director General of West Bengal Police Anuj Sharma on Monday said Trinamool activist Arif Ali Gazi died in poll-related violence in South 24 Parganas while two other workers of the party died in Nadia.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses party supporters during a celebration event ahead of wining the Karnataka election in New Delhi on May 15, 2018. Some people are saying that it's a battle of survival for the Left and Congress; the BJP hopes to put up a fight and establish itself as the main opposition party.

Repoll will take place on Wednesday, and the votes are to be counted on Thursday.

He was addressing workers at the BJP central office here after the BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls.

The election process had been marred by violence, from the first day of filing of nomination papers on April 2. "All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit".

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