West Bengal Panchayat Election: Overall 56% polling recorded till 3 pm

Kolkata, May 14: Voting for electing 38,616 representatives across three tiers to West Bengal Panchayat (rural) bodies started at 7 a.m. on Monday.

Reports of clashes and booth capturing were reported from pockets of South 24 Parganas, Durgapur, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.

At least 20 people were injured in Cooch Behar district while another 20 have been reported to sustain injuries after a crude bomb exploded in Amdanga’s Sadhanpur in North 24 Parganas.

Meanwhile, At least six people were killed during polling as violence and clashes between supporters of different parties.

“We have, so far, received telephonic complaints of six deaths. We are awaiting written confirmation,” news agency IANS quoted State Election Commission Secretary Nilanjan Shandilya, as saying.

A youth was beaten to death as he tried to enter polling premises in Nadia district while a Trinamool Congress activist was shot dead in South 24 Parganas district’s Kultali, police said.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist claimed one of their activists was killed in North 24 Parganas district bombing.

Two deaths were reported from Murshidabad district, and another from Nadia.

“Three youths were beaten up by locals in Nadia district’s Shantipur area on Monday morning. Police rescued and got them admitted to a local hospital. One of them, Sanjit Pramanik, succumbed to his injuries,” Nadia district Superintendent of Police Santosh Pandey told IANS.

“TMC worker Arif Ali Gazi was shot in the chest while coming out of a polling booth. He died in a hospital,” an officer from Kultali police station said.

Though CPI-M’s North 24 Parganas leaders claimed their party activist lost his life in Amdanga after he was attacked with crude bombs, there was no police confirmation.

“We have heard of the incident but it is not confirmed yet. We are going to the spot,” an officer from Amdanga police station told news IANS.

Long queues were seen outside several booths as people from all social and economic backgrounds patiently waited for their turn to showcase democratic right.

The election is being held after weeks of bitter legal battles and is the last major poll in the state ahead of upcoming general elections 2019.

According to the Statistics reveal that of the total 58,692 seats in the three tiers of rural local bodies, 20,076 seats or 34.2 percent have already been decided uncontested, with the Trinamool bagging a whopping proportion of these seats, IANS reported.

These seats include 16,814 of the total 48,650 panchayats, 3,059 of the total 9,217 panchayat samitis and 203 of the total 825 zila parishads.

The Supreme Court has now asked the state poll panel not to issue winning certificates in case of the uncontested seats.

Updates : 

 

Around 41.51% turnout was recorded till 1 pm

26.28% voter turnout recorded till 11 am

A clash broke out between BJP and CPI(M) workers in Durgapur

According to ANI, a TMC worker named Arif Gazi shot dead in Kultali area of South 24 Parganas district.

While, five local journalists injured after violence, following booth capturing incident in Birpara.

Ballot papers were thrown in a pond after clashes 

BJP Candidate attacked with a knife

A 102-year-old woman casts her vote in Dantan

Visuals from a polling booth in Cooch Behar

Voters standing in a queue outside polling booth in Purulia’s Chakra

Visuals from Jalpaiguri’s Ashighar

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