Post poll violence was reported from parts of Howrah district where bombs were hurled in at least 20 houses during a clash between Trinamool Congress workers and BJP activists. In Uttar Dinajpur's Raiganj, Sub-Divisional Officer TN Sherpa was assaulted by voting personnel who were protesting against the death of presiding officer Rajkumar Roy, Ei Samay reported.
The booths, where re-polling is taking place, include 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others.
Voting for the rural bodies in West Bengal was to be held on May 1, 3 and 5, but as the nomination process started in April, it was rescheduled to May 14 by the SEC following a Calcutta High Court order to extend the nomination deadline and announce a fresh polling date.More news: TN HSC Class 12 results 2018 declared | 91.1% pass | Check tnresults
Due to the violence during the polls on Monday, several candidates reached out to the State Election Commission demanding repolling in their booths. "Free and fair election did not take place in my area", said Etajul, an independent candidate from Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district said to PTI.
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 17.
On Monday, PM Modi speaking at the BJP headquarters slammed the Mamata government over the West Bengal Panchayat violence calling it a "murder of democracy". He said that it was a matter of grave concern and was against the concept of democracy. But the commission stood its ground and cited reports from poll officials about gross violations of election rules, said sources. This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal had to see such things. People from all parties except one ruling the state have suffered.More news: Observing Ramadan Means So Much More to Me Than Just Fasting
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 is not just about winning elections".
"Where is the spirit of democracy?" "All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit".More news: Emilia Clarke says that the #MeToo movement needs work to be sustained