Repoll in 568 booths tomorrow


The opposition parties accused the Trinamool Congress of orchestrating unprecedented terror on the polling day and alleged the SEC and state administration completely failed to conduct a free and fair election.

PM's caustic attack on the government for not allowing democracy to thrive in the "great land of Bengal" came a day after the Union home ministry sought a report from the state on the polling-day violence.

An administrative source pointed out that these were the districts that had reported the maximum complaints of malpractice and violation within a few hours of polling on Monday.

North Dinajpur tops the repoll list with 73 booths, followed by Murshidabad (63 booths), Nadia (60 booths), North 24-Parganas (59 booths), Malda (55 booths) and Cooch Behar (52 booths).

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Polling was high with as much as 82.13% of the electorate turning up to cast their vote, according to a statement issued by the state election commission. In South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore and South Dinajpur districts, re-polling will be held at 26, 23 and 35 booths, respectively. "The counting will take place tomorrow (on May 17)", the SEC officials said. He said that it was a matter of grave concern and was against the concept of democracy. You all can say that it is going to affect the whole thing of election and the government didn't accept that. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before questioning us, should answer on the anarchy that his party has created throughout the country", TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

He was addressing workers at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s central office in the national capital after the party emerged as the single-largest party in the Karnataka Assembly polls.

"The way democracy was murdered. from (filing of) nominations to polling, democracy had no place", he said. Modi asked, adding, "It is not just about winning elections. All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit".