Panchayat poll violence: Centre asks Bengal govt to send another report

Panchayat poll violence: Centre asks Bengal govt to send another report

Kolkata: The West Bengal state election commission and the state administration were on Wednesday left facing a highly embarrassing situation over the ongoing panchayat election after a middle-aged poll official was found dead on the train tracks near Raiganj station.

West Bengal panchayat election result 2018 LIVE updates: The ruling Trinamool Congress, which has won 110 seats so far, is leading in 1,208 seats of the total 31,814 being contested. A lot of people died because of violence created by Mamata Banerjee's party.

The West Bengal Panchayat system is three-tiered, with 20 Zila Parishad, under it comes 9240 Panchayat Samiti and the 48650 Gram Panchayat are at the lowest level of the tier.

The polling for Bengal panchayat polls took place on Monday amid reports of widespread violence and clashes between rival political groups that led to repolling in 573 booths in 19 of the 20 districts on Wednesday.

Also read: West Bengal panchayat election 2018 results live updates * In East Medinipur, TMC is leading in nearly 200 seats. The booths, where re-polling took place, included 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others.

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The voting took place for 621 zilla parishads, over six thousand panchayat samitis, and almost 31 thousand gram panchayats. All parties including the ruling Trinamool Congress claimed their workers were killed in poll-related violence.

The State Election Commission has banned victory rallies by supporters of political parties until all results are announced.

The elections were largely criticized due to the mishaps that occurred during the day of polling.

Regarding security arrangements, the SEC has ordered deployment of only armed policemen and stated that no police personnel wielding batons be posted in the counting centers.

Almost 71,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls, News 18 reported.

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