West Bengal panchayat Election: Re-polling underway in 568 booths

Kolkata, May 16: Re-polling for West Bengal panchayat Election is underway in 568 booths across 19 districts of the state.

Violence in Monday’s panchayat polls led to re-election in the state.

Aggrieved by the clashes several candidates who were in the fray had met the State Election Commission (SEC) officials and sought repolling in their booths on Tuesday.

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

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

The single-phase Panchayat polls in the state on Monday witnessed a large-scale violence and clashes between opposing political outfits throughout the day despite the deployment of more than 60,000 armed personnel and 80,000 civic volunteers, guard close to 58,000 polling booths.

Voting for the rural bodies in West Bengal was slated to be held on May 1, 3 and 5, but as the nomination process commenced in April, it was rescheduled to May 14 by the SEC following a Calcutta High Court order to extend the nomination deadline and announce a fresh voting date.


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