Will Trinamool Congress sweep polls? Counting today

West Bengal

Will Trinamool Congress sweep polls? Counting today

The booths, where re-polling took place, include 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) has till now won 110 seats and is leading on 1,208 seats in the West Bengal Panchayat election. The post-poll violence was reported on Tuesday from Howrah district, South 24 Parganas district and North 24 Parganas. TMC has won 274 seats and leading in 128.

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TMC is leading in seats from Bilkanda I and II, Patulia, Mohanpur and Rajhat Siul. BJP supporters block NH31 that connects Kolkata and Siliguri in protest.

While voting was initially scheduled to be held for 825 zilla parishad seats in 17 districts, no elections could be conducted in 203 seats where no Opposition candidate had entered the fray. The elections took place through ballot papers and not EVMs, the counting is expected to continue till evening and the final results will announce late evening. Reacting to the violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called the election a "murder of democracy", a charge dismissed by the ruling Trinamool Congress. Catch live updates on West Bengal Panchayat election results here.

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"The way democracy was murdered. from (filing of) nominations to polling, democracy had no place", he said. Citing the response of people to his rallies during which they urged him to continue speaking in his language, the PM said some "fissiparous forces" may not like him but they should sense the mood of the masses. The violence during the polls claimed at least 12 lives. The total polled votes would be counted at 291 centers across the state on Thursday morning.

Polling for election results of 622 Zilla Parishads, 6,158 Panchayat Samitis and 31,836 Gram Panchayats was held on Monday, which was marred by widespread violence and saw a voter turnout of 73 per cent. The Union home ministry has asked the West Bengal government to provide a detailed report on the violence during the polls. The West Bengal Panchayat Elections 2018 were held on Monday (May 14).

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