PM Modi calls WB violence 'murder of democracy'

PM Modi calls WB violence 'murder of democracy'

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Mamata Banerjee government over violence in the panchayat polls in West Bengal and called it "murder of democracy", the state's ruling Trinamool Congress responded by saying the PM had an "outburst of frustration".

The West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday ordered repolling in 568 booths tomorrow following complaints of violence during the pancahayat polls held yesterday. Elections were held in 622 Zilla Parishads, 6,158 Panchayat Samitis and 31,836 Gram Panchayats across West Bengal.

While on the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won four seats and is leading on 81, followed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) which has won three seats and is ahead on 58 seats.

Also read: West Bengal panchayat election 2018 results live updates * In East Medinipur, TMC is leading in nearly 200 seats.

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TMC is leading in 204 seats of zilla parishad, as per reports. While BJP has won 49 seats and is leading in 14 seats and CPI (M) has won eight seats and leading in nine seats. "This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal has to see such sights, it is unfortunate", the Prime Minister said, adding that such malpractices are worrying in a democracy. In Howrah district, TMC is leading in 281 gram panchayat seats, while BJP is in second position with 4 seats; in East Midnapore district, TMC is leading in 390 seats and BJP in 14.

At least 24 people died and dozens were injured on Monday in violence during the elections, and one person died during repolling on Wednesday.

The counting of votes will take place on May 17. The TMC, however, claimed that the people were able to exercise their democratic rights and said the situation was well handled barring a few isolated incidents.

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

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