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Opp parties demand cancellation of civic body polls

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Major opposition parties in have demanded cancellation of elections to the seven municipal bodies held today, alleging widespread violence and booth-capturing by workers.

The TMC, however, denied any role in the violence during the and blamed the and CPI(M) for it.


The state commission declined to make any comment.

Reports from Durgapur said, clashes took place between various groups were since early morning and several vehicles were set on fire. Huge police contingent was rushed to the spot to control the situation.

The demanded removal of state commissioner A K Singh and held a sit in demonstration outside State Commission office.

"The SEC has completely failed to conduct the polls in free and fair manner. This is not the first time. In municipal elections held in May we had witnessed the same thing. The TMC has turned the elections into a farce," Leader of opposition and state leader Abdul Manan said.

State president Dilip Ghosh, however demanded cancellation of elections in Haldia, Pashkura and Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC).

"We demand that fresh elections should be held after deployment of central forces. We don't demand the SEC's removal as it will not solve the matter as he is under the state government," Ghosh told PTI.

Denying any role in the poll violence, senior TMC leader Aroop Biswas said "Those who don't believe in democracy are resorting to violence. is resorting to violence and is being aided by CPI(M) in it."

The resorted to a road blockade and sit-in front of the state commission office here claiming that it had failed to conduct free and fair polls.

"We want the elections to be cancelled as TMC has unleashed terror at all the places where elections are being held," CPI(M) Politburo member Mohammed Salim told PTI.

Claiming that the elections have turned into a "farce", he said, "Miscreants owing allegiance to the TMC have been terrorising everyone with guns, bombs and other weapons. Voters, candidates, agents no one has been spared."

Polling for the seven urban local bodies (ULBs) comprising five municipalities, one notified authority and one municipal corporation was held during the day and the results will be declared on August 17.

The municipalities which went to polls today are Panskura and Haldia in East Midnapore district, Nalhati in Birbhum, Buniadpur in South Dinajpur and Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri districts. Durgapur Municipal Corporation in Burdwan West and Cooper's Camp Notified Authority in Nadia district are the two other ULBs that went to polls today.

By-polls were held in ward number 12 under Champdani municipality and ward number 7 of Jhargram municipality.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, August 13 2017. 17:57 IST
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