Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

West Bengal Panchayat Polls On Monday

West Bengal Panchayat Polls On Monday

Amid the rising incidents of violence, a video of BJP worker being slapped by TMC minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh has been doing the rounds on the Internet. The whole incident was caught on camera.

The West Bengal panchayat polls were marked by sporadic incidents of violence in which at least five people were killed and several people were injured on Monday, according to reports.

Polling will begin at 7 am on Monday and end at 5 pm. The voters later on lodged a police complaint. State Election Commission has sought report in this regard.

Trinamool, rejecting these allegations, had said that the opposition has no valid point and was trying to evade the elections. Trinamool Congress worker Arif Ali Gaji allegedly succumbed to his injuries in South 24 Parganas Kultali after allegedly shot by SUCI workers. There was a fast campaign for Panchayat elections in one phase. In the Bhangar area of the same district, police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse a crowd, following clashes, the official said.

TMC Supremo aka Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has termed all allegations as baseless and has urged voters to vote for development.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury today said the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) will be seen as complicit in the ruling Trinamool Congress' "project of destroying democracy" if it does not act to restore faith in the electoral process.

Candidates were earlier asked to file nominations between April 2 and April 9, but after clashes between the ruling party and Opposition candidates, the date was extended to April 23.

Around 1,500 security personnel from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh are in the state to reinforce security for the polls. In the 20 Zilla Parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the SEC said.

West Bengal panchayat poll: Violence across was reported on Saturday. They are aiding around 46,000 personnel of the state police and 12,000 of the Kolkata Police.

Amid tight security, long queues could be seen outside polling booths in several districts of the state.

In the run-up to the elections, the Opposition - Congress, BJP and Left Front - had petitioned the Supreme Court, along with the Calcutta High Court, seeking countermanding of the rural polls scheduled by the State Election Commission.

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