Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

West Bengal panchayat polls: SEC orders repoll in 568 booths tomorrow

West Bengal panchayat polls: SEC orders repoll in 568 booths tomorrow

As many as 6 people were killed according to official reports, while unconfirmed numbers trailed between 6 and 12.

A few vehicles were also vandalised and torched. "Free and fair election did not take place in my area", said Etajul, an independent candidate from Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district. From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy?

Repolling has been ordered in 10 booths in Hooghly, 28 booths in West Midnapore, 52 booths in Coochbehar, 63 booths in Murshidabad, 60 booths in Nadia, 59 booths in North 24 Parganas, 55 booths in Malda, 73 booths in Uttar Dinajpur, 26 in South 24 Pargans, among others.

In several places, gun-toting goons attacked policemen on duty at polling premises, leaving at least two police officers severely injured.

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Modi said People of Karnataka sat through rallies in 40-45 degree weather and pointed out that the language was not an issue when people bless you like this, you get a new energy."This election affected me too though I have travelled a lot in these States, I was under a little hesitation because I did not know their language". The TMC supporters and leaders were killed in both intra and inter-party feuds and there were instances of lynching of ruling party supporters when they went for booth capturing.

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.

He further said, "It is not about who wins polls.all those who are democratic-minded, including friends in civil society, they must come together to strengthen the democratic spirit". It is not only BJP people who suffered.

"What happened in West Bengal is a matter of grave concern for democracy".

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