Centre asks WB govt to send another report on panchayat poll violence

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Representatives of CPI-M held a protest demonstration outside the SEC office on Monday evening demanding an answer from the poll panel about the adverse situations across the state.

Re-polling for rural body (panchayat) elections is underway in 568 centers in India's eastern state of West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

Due to the violence during the polls on Monday, several candidates reached out to the State Election Commission demanding repolling in their booths.

In Monday's panchayat poll violence that swept across Bengal, 13 people died and around 50 were injured.

Kolkata: The results of West Bengal panchayat elections will be declared on Thursday. "Free and fair election did not take place in my area", said Etajul, an independent candidate from Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district.

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Ballot boxes were set ablaze and gunshots fired in West Bengal state, which has a history of fractious politics and polling violence. "Voting began at 7:00 a.m. So the commission chose to order repolling in all such booths where irregularities took place", said a source.

The state election commission declined to comment on Ray's death. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested. Contempt petitions should be issued against concerned police officers as their inaction on the polling day amounted to intervention with the administration of the court's order. Opposition parties demanded re-polling at over 500 booths following the deaths of at least 14 people in violence during the polls on Monday.

Tension erupted in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district where mutilated body of a polling officer Rajkumar Roy was recovered from the rail tack. Two CPI (M) party workers were killed in Nandigram Block-2 in East Midnapore, when miscreants hurled bombs outside a polling booth. "The number could well have reached 1,500 if the poll officials had factored in other incidents like proxy voting and rigging", he added.

While the voter turnout was reportedly 75 percent, widespread violence, including bombing and efforts of booth capturing by political goons, were reported across the state since morning.

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