Repoll in 568 booths for Bengal rural polls today

A security guard stands in front of a strong room after the panchayat poll at Nadia district in West Bengal on Tuesday

A security guard stands in front of a strong room after the panchayat poll at Nadia district in West Bengal on Tuesday

Extra tables have been laid out in each centre for the same.

This time, sources said the results of gram panchayats could be out by noon on Thursday and those of panchayat samitis by 4pm. Each counting centre will have a three-tiered security system, with armed security personnel guards.

The State Election Commission had ordered the re-poll, following complaints of violence during the polls on Monday.

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Colleagues of the deceased alleged that Rajkumar Ray, who was acting as a presiding officer at a booth in Raiganj, was on Monday evening abducted by unknown miscreants trying to rig the polls. The Election Commission will announce the results of the polls later in the day. The voting was held on May 14, repolling on Wednesday, May 16. The SEC had initially earmarked 568 booths for repolls but later increased it to 572 booths.

Bankura gram panchayat: TMC leading in 912 seats seats, BJP leading in 35 seats, Left Front leading in 19 and Independents in 3 seats. In West Midnapur district, out of 3040 Gram Panchayat seats, the contest was conducted on 2224 seats.

Under an order of the Supreme Court, polling took place in around 66% of the seats.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked the Mamata Banerjee government over the violence in the panchayat polls and called it "murder of democracy".

Almost 71,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls, News 18 reported. Two more CPM supporters were shot dead in Nandigram, East Midnapore district on Monday, the party said, slamming the election in a statement as "cold blooded murder of democracy".

In another development, Opposition parties are set to initiate legal steps against the SEC alleging that the death toll on the polling day had been at least 20. We have said before that the people are with us.

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