On Sunday Seven civic bodies were voted, four in the hills and three in the plains but the election was marred by unprecedented violence. In this violence several people injured and the state’s opposition parties was against the Bengal election chief.A CPM leader claimed that at least four party workers were injured in poll violence.
Activists of the Congress and the Left Front, which forged an undeclared alliance for the civic polls, staged a noisy demonstration at the State Election Commission office and resorted to a road blockade to protest what they called “rampant looting of votes” by the ruling Trinamool Congress.
The protest was held after poll authorities allegedly refused to meet their leaders and accept their memorandum on complaints regarding voting in three municipalities of Raiganj in North Dinajpur district, Domkal in Murshidabad district, and Pujali in South 24 Parganas district.
The SEC officials promised to meet the Congress and Left representatives after demonstrators broke through police barricades. However, the SEC authorities later did not meet them citing their preoccupation with poll matters.
On May 14, counting of votes for civic elections in West Bengal that went to polls is underway. TMC workers celebrate after winning Mirik municipal election. TMC won 6 out of 9 wards, GJM won 3.
In the hills of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik, the fight is billed as one between Bengal and Gorkhaland, a reference to a 100-year-old demand for a separate state for the mountain districts.
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