Sunday, 22 July, 2018


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

West Bengal Panchayat elections West Bengal Modi calls Bengal poll violence 'murder of democracy', Trinamool hits back
Bennie Garza | 16 May, 2018, 15:46

Brandishing a gun, unidentified miscreants, on Wednesday, escaped with a ballot box from polling booth no. 76 in Malda's Ratua during the re-polling in the Panchayat elections. In Uttar Dinajpur's Raiganj, Sub-Divisional Officer TN Sherpa was assaulted by voting personnel who were protesting against the death of presiding officer Rajkumar Roy, Ei Samay reported.

Uttar Dinajpur has the most booths (73) where the re-election will be conducted, followed by Murshidabad (63) and Nadia (60) while Aliporeduar (2) and West Burwan (3) have the least number of booths where repolling will be held.

"Repolling started at 7 in the morning and will end at 5 pm".

Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements in the poll bound areas in order to hold elections in a free and fair manner.

Re-polling is being held today in 568 panchayat election booths spread across 20 districts of West Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government over violence in the panchayat polls in West Bengal saying "it was nothing but murder of democracy".

Addressing BJP workers at the party headquaters here following the Karnataka verdict, he said the people should think seriously about the violence in West Bengal yesterday. He said people were bullied and weren't even allowed to file nominations. "Innocent party workers, not only of the BJP but of other parties too, were killed", he said.

The state's ruling Trinamool Congress, however, claimed that the people were able to exercise their democratic rights and said the situation was well handled barring a few isolated incidents. "It is unfortunate." He further asked, "Where is the spirit of democracy?" Bringing up the reference to the violence during the rural polls Modi said, "The entire country must have watched on television the way democracy was murdered during the panchayat election in Bengal".

All parties, the civil society and the judiciary will have to play an active role.

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