West Bengal Governor CV Anand Bose visited polling booths and interacted with voters and candidates.
Voting process affected due to violence in West Bengal Panchayat elections today. At least 10 people were killed in clashes during polling. In Cooch Behar, polling stations were vandalized and ballot papers were set on fire. Voters allegedly set ablaze a ballot box at a polling booth in Baranchina of Dinhata in Cooch Behar district during panchayat elections, allegedly by bogus voting. At the same time, polling was postponed after water was thrown into the ballot box at Indreshwar Primary School in Dinhata.
- Voting for the three-tier panchayat elections in West Bengal is underway on Saturday and 10 people have been killed in poll-related violence in the state since Friday night. The officers provided this information. Those killed included five members of the TMC, one worker each from the BJP, Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress and a supporter of an independent candidate, he said. According to officials, several people were also injured in the violent clashes. In addition, ballot boxes were destroyed at at least two polling stations.
- Three Trinamool Congress workers were allegedly killed in separate incidents in Nadia, Murshidabad and Malda districts as soon as polling began at 7 am today. A BJP polling agent was murdered in Cooch Behar. A CPI(M) worker, who was seriously injured last evening in East Burdwan district, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital this morning. A supporter of an independent candidate was seriously injured in a clash at Kadambagachi in North 24 Parganas. His family claimed that the man was beaten to death. However, Barasat district police SP Bhaskar Mukherjee said that his condition is serious and he is undergoing treatment at the hospital.
- Polling began at 7 am in 73,887 seats in rural areas of the state and 5.67 crore voters would decide the fate of nearly 2.06 lakh candidates, officials said. He said that till 11 a.m., 22.6 percent polling was recorded in the state.
- The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday alleged that West Bengal under the TMC government has become a sad example of violence in a democracy. Hitting out at TMC over violence during panchayat polls, BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sudhanshu Trivedi said that West Bengal used to be the center of art, culture and science. Now he is known for crimes, anti-national activities and appeasement.
- West Bengal Governor CV Anand Bose met people in various districts to take stock of the situation. Condemning the violent incidents, he said it should worry all of us. This is the most holy day for democracy, election should not be done by bullets but by ballots.
- All political parties have condemned the loss of lives in election-related violence. Opposition parties Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) alleged that the State Election Commission (SEC) did not deploy central forces as per the order of the Calcutta High Court.
- Around 70,000 personnel of the state police besides 600 companies of central forces have been deployed for the panchayat elections in West Bengal. Congress leader Kaustav Bagchi said he has made a representation to the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court seeking an urgent hearing on a petition seeking to invalidate Saturday’s panchayat elections in West Bengal due to incidents of violence and murder. requested.
- Union minister Nishith Pramanik was stopped briefly at the gate of a polling station in Dinhata today while he was on his way to cast his vote, reported news agency PTI. News agency PTI quoted him as saying, “What else can we expect from the West Bengal Police? If they can stop a union minister from casting vote, I can’t imagine what the common people must be going through. There has been a complete failure of the rule of law in Bengal.”
- Two children were injured in an explosion in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district on Saturday when they picked up a roadside bomb mistaking it for a ball, officials said. He said that the incident took place in Bhangor in the midst of voting for the panchayat elections in the state. An official said the two children mistook the country-made bomb for a ball and it exploded as soon as one of them touched it. Security forces were sent to the area to find out if there were more bombs.
- Speaking on the West Bengal Panchayat elections, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that the announcement of elections in West Bengal means the beginning of the murder of democracy. Beating people, firing, bombing and arson have become commonplace and there are many such examples. The minister said that in Mamata Banerjee’s government, ballot boxes are looted and democracy is crushed to death. Mamata Banerjee and TMC leaders work to stoop to any level to win elections, but Congress and Rahul Gandhi remain silent. Congress wants to forge an alliance with Mamata Banerjee? Will Rahul Gandhi say anything? What is the compulsion of Mamta Banerjee that in every election there is murder, murder and murder of people?