TMC worker shot dead, journalists attacked in Bengal Panchayat polls
As many as 38,529 seats across West Bengal are up for contest today as the voters exercise their franchise in the West Bengal Panchayat Election.
The polls area the last major elections in the state before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Political parties are viewing today’s poll as a warm up match ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The state has witnessed several incidents of political clashes and violence over the past few weeks.
After about 34 per cent of the seats were won by the Trinamool Congress, the Supreme Court last week expressed concern that such a large percentage of seats were won by the ruling party and the top court stayed the notification of those results.
“What bothers us is 34 per cent candidates have been elected unopposed… Elections to be held in absolute fairness,” the Supreme Court had said.