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West Bengal Panchayat polls gets underway

14 May 2018

Around 26.28 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11am in West Bengal panchayat polls. The voting will continue till 5 621 zilla parishads, 6157 panchayat samitis, and 31,827 gram panchayats.

West Bengal is witnessing a very pivotal day from the perspective of state politics as TMC, BJP, CPM, and Congress are fighting it in out in the Panchayat Election. Counting of votes will take place on May 17.

On Saturday, there were incidents of sporadic violence across the state.

In West Bengal a CPI (M) worker and his wife were charred to death after their house in North 24 Parganas was torched last night. Th area remains tense. It has asked the police to take action, SEC officials said. Incidents were also reported from areas like Egra in Paschim Medinipur and Mohammedbazar in Birbhum.

Violence was reported in Burdwan districts too.

TMC minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh got into an altercation with a BJP supporter at a polling booth in Cooch Behar, a video shared by news agency ANI showed.

In North 24 Parganas district's Bilkanda, BJP candidate Raju Biswas was stabbed in stomach. SEC sources said a few people were injured in clashes that broke out between two groups in Amdanga.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers on Monday were seen barring voters from entering booth no. 14/79 in West Bengal's Birpara town.

On the other hand, TMC is in a spot to both as they are fighting fake or proxy candidates who are creating hurdles for TMC candidates. A crude bomb explosion in Sadhanpur in North 24 Parganas wounded 20 people.

Of the three bombs, two were found on railway tracks, affecting movement of trains, RPF sources said, adding that the bomb squad has been informed. The TMC termed the allegations as baseless. More than 71,000 armed personnel are manning the booths.

The ruling Trinamool Congress also claimed that rumours were being spread about the scale of violence in the state. However, in one-third of the seats the Opposition could not file nomination due to pre-poll violence.

Trinamool, rejecting these allegations, had said that the opposition has no valid point and was trying to evade the elections.

Marked by Violence and clashes between the political parties, the date of filing of nominations was extended till April 23.

West Bengal Panchayat polls gets underway