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West Bengal panchayat election: Repolling in 573 booths underway

West Bengal panchayat election: Repolling in 573 booths underway

The state government and the police have been asked for extended security arrangements so that repolling is held in a free manner, the SEC officials said.

The booths where repolling is happening are spread in all the 20 district of the state where the gram panchayat polls were held on Monday, SEC officials said.

Re-polling at 568 panchayat polling booths across 19 districts in the state ended on Wednesday after opposition parties approached the State Election Commission citing the violence and booth rigging that marred the gram panchayat elections on Monday, which saw a voter turnout of 73 per cent. The area had witnessed the killing of a person and arrest of a TMC leader on the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the poll.

The Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and other parties of the Left Front also staged a protest outside State Election Commission in Kolkata against the incidents of violence. The repolling will end at 5pm and the counting will take place on May 17. Anuj Sharma, a senior state police officer, said violence began nearly as soon as voting got under way in the "panchayat" elections, the most local tier of governance in India.

Of the 58,000-plus seats in the state, more than 38,000 were up for contest.

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He said the administration was in the process of ensuring tight security for Wednesday's re-polling between 7am and 5pm.

The state election commission declined to comment on Ray's death.

This happened as a result of people's agitation when the re-polling started late in booth number 36/37.

# Violence had broken out in North and South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts. You all should know that clashes broke out at several places between rival groups on Monday and killed a lot of people which is unexpected.

Following the widespread clashes, the Home Ministry had sought a detailed report on the circumstances leading to the violence and the steps taken to restore peace and punish those involved in the ruckus.


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