Over 11 per cent voters cast ballots in first two hours in Panchayat repolling to 573 booths, which began at 7 AM in West Bengal's 19 districts, official sources said today.
Voting took place for a second time in 10 booths in Hooghly, 28 booths in West Midnapore, 52 booths in Coochbehar, 63 booths in Murshidabad, 60 booths in Nadia, 59 booths in North 24 Parganas, 55 booths in Malda, 73 booths in Uttar Dinajpur, 26 in South 24 Pargans, among others. Balllot boxes were burnt, thrown into pond and polling booths were rampaged by armed hooligans.The re-polling to take place on May 16 and counting will be on May 17. BJP has won 4 and leading in 81, while CPI (M) has won 3 seats and has a lead on 58.
According to the latest trend, Trinamool went ahead in nearly all the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti seats across 20 districts where rural election were held on May 14. Citing the response of people to his rallies during which they urged him to continue speaking in his language, the PM said some "fissiparous forces" may not like him but they should sense the mood of the masses. Modi also showered praise on BJP chief Amit Shah, who was present in the meeting, and said his excellent strategy has led the party to one win after another.
The elections were largely criticized due to the mishaps that occurred during the day of polling.
Counting of votes for West bengal Panchayat Election has started in 6 districts of North Bengal, reported ANI.
Taking note of the incident, the Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a report from the state government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state. According to West Bengal Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha, at least 12 people were killed in clashes during elections on Monday.