WB Panchayat Polls Violence: Victims To Meet President


Howrah: Following the clashes that erupted over the filing of fresh nominations for the panchayat elections in the state, the victims are scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.

The filing of fresh nominations for panchayat elections in West Bengal took place on Monday amid allegations of violence levelled by opposition parties against “goons” of the ruling Trinamool Congress. At least two people died in clashes related to the filing of nominations.

Violence was reported from several parts of Bengal including Birbhum, North 24 Parganas, Malda etc with even senior opposition leaders allegedly being targetted by ruling party.

A BJP worker was killed in Siuri, in Birbhum district of the state, considered one of ruling TMC’s stronghold. Another person was killed in Gopalnagar, in North 24 Parganas.

The dates for the polls, which were earlier scheduled to be held on May 1, 3 and 5, are yet to be announced by the commission.

In this regard, West Bengal BJP Vice President Biswapriya Roy Chowdhury said the affected victims will address the matter before President Kovind as well as in the party office, for which they are being brought to New Delhi.

The wife of the man who was killed in the clashes alleged that the death of her husband was an attack by the TMC. She further alleged that she was threatened by the ruling party.