Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Panchayat poll violence: Centre asks Bengal govt to send another report

Protesters block a road in Machhiibhanga village of Bhangar during West Bengal panchayat elections on Monday Protesters block a road in Machhiibhanga village of Bhangar during West Bengal panchayat elections on Monday
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 05:27

"These comments are basically outbursts of frustration as his party has failed to reach the majority mark in Karantaka polls". At 12 persons died and over 40 injured after 43 clashes ensued between cadres of the contesting parties. "The decision by the poll panel has certainly gone a long way to vindicate Opposition claims of foul play on an unprecedented scale on Monday", said a senior state official. "The counting will take place tomorrow (on May 17)", an SEC official said.

"The TMC along with SEC (West Bengal State Election Commission) has murdered the democracy in the state".

Uttar Dinajpur has the most booths (73) where the re-election will be conducted, followed by Murshidabad (63) and Nadia (60) while Aliporeduar (2) and West Burwan (3) have the least number of booths where repolling will be held. Around 68 per cent voters turned out to vote in the repolling yesterday, news agency PTI reported. The SEC had initially earmarked 568 booths for repolls but later increased it to 572 booths.

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Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, while addressing a worker's meeting in BJP's head quarter, urged the civil society members, intellectuals and members of political parties to raise voice against violence taking place in Bengal during the rural elections. "The scenes from the Panchayat Elections in West Bengal".

Attacking those for spreading "lies" that the BJP is a party of north India despite it forming governments in non-Hindi speaking States like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam among other states, Modi said people of Karnataka have given a befitting reply to those with such a "distorted" mindset. From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy? "But the people of Karnataka gave me so much love, the language barrier never came in between", he said.

Ruling Trinamool Congress described his allegation as baseless. No BJP worker was killed.