Repoll will be conducted in as many as 568 polling booths due to widespread violence that swept across various districts of West Bengal during yesterday's Panchayat election, an SEC source today said.
In Uttar Dinajpur district's Goalpokhar, the police officials baton-charged on people, exercising a crowd-control measure, as they were agitating following delay in the voting process.
Brandishing a gun, unidentified miscreants, on Wednesday, escaped with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua during the re-polling in the Panchayat elections.
SEC official confirms that the re-polling will start at 7 am in the morning and will end at 5 pm.
He said two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers died in Nandigram in East Midnapore district and a Jharkhand Disom Party worker died in Kushmundi of South Dinajpur. "The counting will take place tomorrow (on May 17)", the SEC officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on Tuesday at the Mamata Banerjee government describing Monday's blood-soaked panchayat polls as "murder of democracy". He said people were bullied and weren't even allowed to file nominations. A supporter of an Independent candidate, Shaheen Sheikh, was killed at Nowda and a BJP supporter, Tapan Mondal, was murdered at Beldanga, both in Murshidabad.
The Prime Minister said, not just BJP, people from all leading parties, except the one that rules the state, suffered.
He was addressing workers at the BJP central office here after the BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls.
It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of bringing in people from Bangladesh, Assam, and Jharkhand with the help of Border Security Force personnel on the polling day to create unrest. It is not about who wins polls....all those who are democratic minded, including friends in civil society, they must come together to strengthen democratic spirit.