Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal over violence during the panchayat elections in the state, saying democracy was "murdered" for narrow political interests. On Wednesday, repolling was held at 572 booths across 19 districts, in which around 68% of the electorate voted.
Counting for the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats and 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis in West Bengal is underway.
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.
West Bengal panchayat election result 2018 LIVE updates: The ruling Trinamool Congress, which has won 110 seats so far, is leading in 1,208 seats of the total 31,814 being contested.
Aggrieved by the violence during the election that claimed at least 12 lives and left 43 injured, several candidates in the fray met the State Election Commission (SEC) officials and demanded repolling.
According to the latest trend, Trinamool went ahead in nearly all the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti seats across 20 districts where rural election were held on May 14. This is because 16,814 gram panchayat seats, 3,059 panchayat samiti seats and 203 zila parishad were uncontested. "People were bullied", said the PM. Two more CPM supporters were shot dead in Nandigram, East Midnapore district on Monday, the party said, slamming the election in a statement as "cold blooded murder of democracy". "Free and fair election did not take place in my area", said Etajul, an independent candidate from Bhangore in South 24 Parganas district said to PTI.
The State government has been told to provide details on the circumstances leading to the violence and the steps taken to restore peace, the official said.