WB Panchayat Polls: Violence On Ground


Kolkata: Election to the three-tier panchayat system will be conducted across 20 districts of West Bengal on Monday amidst apprehensions over security preparedness in the state.

However, many incidents of violence captured on cameras. Bombing, political clashes triggered panic and tension across the state, such incidents came from the places like Baruipur, Birbhum, Malda, Raigunj.

A BJP leader has been shot dead amid the political war in Murshidabad ahead of panchayat election. Rabindranath Biswas, BJP block president of Hariharpara is now under treatment in Murshidabad Medical College. BJP claimed, ruling party TMC is involved behind such act. But TMC has denied the wholw issue.

The Supreme Court this week expressed disappointment on the candidates from the ruling party being “elected unopposed” in the state rural polls for 34% of the seats. “Elections are to be held in absolute fairness”, the top court said referring to the “uncontested seats”.
The State Election Commission initially wanted to deploy one armed person in each of the 58,467 polling booths. Forces have also been sought from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.

The polls will be the last major elections in the state before the next year’s Lok Sabha Polls. Polling will begin at 7am on Monday and end at 5pm. The counting will take place on May 17.