Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy? It isn't only BJP people who suffered. "This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal has to see such sights, it is unfortunate", the Prime Minister said, adding that such malpractices are worrying in a democracy.

Repoll has been ordered in 19 of the 20 districts where polling took place on Monday amid rampant violence in which at least 13 people were killed.

Notwithstanding the elaborate security arrangements in which 60,000 security personnel from West Bengal and other states were deployed, violence had broken out in North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts. If this was happening during Left Front rule, then the TMC government would never have come in Bengal and the chief minister would not have been the chief minister of Bengal said by the CPI (M) general secretary Yechury.

Widespread violence during the panchayat polls in West Bengal on Monday left at least 12 people dead and 43 injured, even as more than 73 per cent of the electorate turned up to cast their vote.

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India´s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party blamed West Bengal´s ruling Trinamool Congress Party for the deadly clashes. The TMC, however, has termed the allegations as "baseless".

"Initially, they didn't allow people to file nominations".

The state's ruling Trinamool Congress, however, claimed that the people were able to exercise their democratic rights and said the situation was well handled barring a few isolated incidents.

Various non-political organisations conducted sit-in demonstrations outside the SEC office on Tuesday in protest against Monday's violence.

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