WB Panchayat Polls: Left Parties Stage Protest At EC

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Kolkata: The Left Parties on Monday staged protest outside the State Election Commission against the incidents of violence, during ongoing panchayat elections in the state.

Members of Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M], Revolutionary Socialist Party and other parties of the Left Front took part in the protest.

CPI-M leader Biman Bose said, “Election has turned into a commotion because no rules were followed. Police could not strengthen the security. That is why we have come here to speak to the Election Commission to find a solution.”

Meanwhile, five local journalists have also been injured during violence after booth capturing in West Bengal’s Birpara town, allegedly by TMC workers.

As many as 20 people were injured in fresh clashes, which broke out between two groups here in Cooch Behar.

Violence marred the poll process in West Bengal as voting began for the panchayat polls for the 20 districts of the state. Multiple incidents of clashes and threats were reported from various districts, with at least seven people getting killed on Monday.

Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report from the West Bengal Government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state.

Polling has been suspended in 13 booths due to violence in the area. Repolling could happen on May 16, sources said. Tension gripped parts of West Bengal where incidents of violence were reported.

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