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Tripura Guv calls for peaceful panchayat polls in Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

today expressed hope that the people of will be able to cast their vote peacefully during tomorrow's panchayat polls.

Roy, a former of the BJP's unit and a former member of the BJP's national executive, on the sidelines of an event here, told reporters that people should be allowed to cast vote without difficulty and in conformity.

On May 10, the directed the (SEC) to ensure "free and fair" panchayat elections on May 14 in the state.

The apex court ordered the SEC to ensure that the polls are conducted in "absolute fairness," keeping in view of the concept of "purity of an election in a democracy".

Asked about his views on the polls, Roy said: "I wish the panchayat polls is conducted on Monday as per the directions of and go by the pre-scheduled fixtures."

"We hope the life of no person will be under threat. We hope the vote will be peaceful," he said.

Roy made it clear that this was his personal view and not as the of another state and refused to further drawn into the issue.

After a protracted legal battle, the panchayat polls will be held tomorrow in amid tight security.

The panchayat votes will be the last major elections in the state before next year's Lok Sabha polls.

Polling will begin at 7am tomorrow and end at 5pm.

The counting will take place on May 17.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 22:05 IST