WB panchayat polls to be held tomorrow amid tight security

WB panchayat polls to be held tomorrow amid tight security

WB panchayat polls to be held tomorrow amid tight security

Voting starts in West Bengal for Panchayat Elections under tight security arrangement.

Less than three hours after polling began, the State Election Commission (SEC) received complaints of violence from several districts.

The key battle in the state is expected to take place between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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TMC Supremo aka Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has termed all allegations as baseless and has urged voters to vote for development.

"It is for the first time rural polls are being held only in 66 per cent seats and both the state election commission and the government are to blame for it".

The Supreme Court, in the past week, had directed the SEC to refrain from issuing a notification on results from those seats where no Opposition candidate entered the fray. Following the clash, more than 30 houses of BJP workers were allegedly vandalised by the TMC workers on May 9.

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Clashes have been reported at Polerhat II area of Bhangar in South 24 Paraganas and Keshpur in State's Paschim Mednipur district along with Cooch Behar's Dinhata area.

The opposition had accused the ruling TMC of letting loose a reign of terror during the nomination process. Highlights of the Panchayat Polls from morning:1) Angry voter pour water in a Ballot box in South 24 Parganas district's Rajarhat protesting large scale violence and booth capturing. In another incident, a Trinamool Congress supporter died after being shot in Kuktuli in South 24 Parganas district. Around 1,500 security personnel from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh are in the state to reinforce security arrangements for the polls. The TMC rubbished the allegations, saying the opposition did not have a mass base and ware trying to evade the polls. There was a fast campaign for Panchayat elections in one phase. "We have taken strict step against Arabul despite him being a candidate of the Zilla Parishad, because we felt that the matter was not right", she said. The voting will continue till 5 p.m.in 621 zilla parishads, 6157 panchayat samitis, and 31,827 gram panchayats. With 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats located in the districts, political parties are viewing today's event as a warm up match ahead of 2019 general elections.

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