Modi calls Bengal poll violence 'murder of democracy'

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

As many as 38,529 panchayat seats across West Bengal were up for contest on Monday. It was nothing but a murder of democracy.

It accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of bringing in people from Bangladesh, Assam and Jharkhand with the help of Border Security Force personnel on the polling day to create unrest.

He added: "People were disallowed to file nominations also". It is not only BJP people who suffered. "We can not see things only in partisan terms". However, unconfirmed reports say that 6 to 12 people have been killed in the violence across state.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh alleged that the law and order situation under the present government has completely collapsed in West Bengal. They have snatched away the democratic rights of the masses. "If the TMC is so confident of the development it has done then why didn't it allow the masses to vote freely", Ghosh said.

Kolkata: The West Bengal state election commission on Tuesday ordered repoll in 568 of 41,000 booths where votes were cast during Monday's panchayat elections-a record high, according to officials.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that while Opposition was claiming of attacks on their supporters, it was the ruling party which had suffered most in the violence. The TMC, however, has termed the allegations as "baseless". Anuj Sharma, a senior state police officer, said violence began nearly as soon as voting got under way in the "panchayat" elections, the most local tier of governance in India.

Various non-political organizations conducted sit-in demonstrations outside the SEC office today in protest against yesterday's violence.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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