West Bengal panchayat elections: One dead in violence during re-polling

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

This happened as a result of people's agitation when the re-polling started late in booth number 36/37.

West Bengal panchayat polls LIVE updates: Voting is underway in 568 polling booths across 19 of the 20 West Bengal districts for the Panchayati Raj institutions that went to the polls on 14 May.

North Dinajpur tops the repoll list with 73 booths, followed by Murshidabad (63 booths), Nadia (60 booths), North 24-Parganas (59 booths), Malda (55 booths) and Cooch Behar (52 booths).

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.

Unidentified miscreants escape with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua. Some people were brandishing guns as well
Unidentified miscreants escape with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua. Some people were brandishing guns as well

Aggrieved by the violence that marked yesterday's panchayat polls in West Bengal, several candidates who were in the fray met State Election Commission (SEC) officials and demanded repolling in their booths. In South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore and South Dinajpur districts, re-polling will be held at 26, 23 and 35 booths, respectively.

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 17. He said people were bullied and weren't even allowed to file nominations. India's opposition Congress party suffered an electoral setback May 15 in one of the last major states which it governs and scrambled to build a coalition to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party taking over. "It is unfortunate", Modi said. A supporter of an Independent candidate, Shaheen Sheikh, was killed at Nowda and a BJP supporter, Tapan Mondal, was murdered at Beldanga, both in Murshidabad.

He was addressing workers at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s central office in the national capital after the party emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls. From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy?

All parties, the civil society and the judiciary will have to play an active role.

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