BJP Delegation Meets EC, Demands Re-Poll In Bengal


New Delhi: A BJP delegation on Monday met Election Commission officials and demanded re-polling in the violence-hit constituencies of West Bengal.

“We gave the Election Commission detailed information of the violence inflicted upon our workers and reiterated our demand for re-poll in constituencies where violence occurred in seventh phase and earlier phases, particularly in West Bengal,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters here.

Nearly 61 per cent voters turned out to cast their vote on Sunday in the seventh and the final phase of the Lok Sabha election held in 59 constituencies across eight states and Union Territories.

The turnout figure is tentative and the final figure is expected later, the Election Commission said.

The fate of 918 candidates, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to retain the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh, will be decided in this phase.

Voting took place in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chandigarh.

Over 10.01 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise. The Election Commission had set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations and deployed security personnel for smooth conduct of polls.