Modi calls Bengal poll violence 'murder of democracy', Trinamool hits back

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The state government and the police have been asked for extended security arrangements so that repolling is held in a free manner, the SEC officials said.

Aggrieved by the violence that marked yesterday's panchayat polls in West Bengal, several candidates who were in the fray met State Election Commission (SEC) officials and demanded repolling in their booths.

The State Election Commission had ordered the re-poll, following complaints of violence during the polls on Monday.

The West Bengal Panchayat election was held after days of court battle and opposition allegations of "Trinamool terror" - accusations the ruling party has denied.

Some reports are saying that Voter turnout in West Bengal panchayat poll till 5 pm is 72.5%.

He said the administration was in the process of ensuring tight security for Wednesday's re-polling between 7am and 5pm. "The counting will take place tomorrow (on May 17)", the SEC officials said.

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The state Congress unit is also likely to file a contempt petition against state election commissioner, director general of police and additional director general of police.

Such was the desperation of the ruling party to defeat the Opposition parties in 100 per cent seats, Mr Mannan alleged, that about 34 percent panchayat seats had gone uncontested.

As the day progressed, reports of clashes, booth capturing, vandalising of ballot boxes and rigging were received from pockets of South and North 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, Nadia, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.

This happened as a result of people's agitation when the re-polling started late in booth number 36/37. At least 24 people were killed in violence during and after the elections.

A Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporter and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker died in South 24 Parganas and Murshidabad respectively. In other incidents of violence, 15 people were injured in a clash outside a polling booth in Nandigram. The decision came after post-poll scrutiny of reports of political violence that marred the polling across the state.

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