Bengal Geared Up For Panchayat Polls

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Desk: Just few more hours are left before the much awaited Panchayat Polls will begin in West Bengal amid tight security.

This crucial poll will be the last major elections in the state before the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

The polling is scheduled to begin at 7 am tomorrow and end at 5 pm. The counting is scheduled to take place on May 17.

Violence was observed during the filing of nominations. The opposition accused the ruling TMC of unleashing terror during the nomination process. However, TMC rejected all such allegations.

The nomination filing process from April 2 to April 9 was marred by violence leading to several deaths.

Top leaders of all parties campaigned for the polls while TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refrained from it.

According to the SEC sources, tomorrow’s elections will be held in 621 zilla parishads and 6,157 panchayat samitis, besides 31,827 gram panchayats.

Around 1,500 security personnel from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh are in the state to reinforce security arrangements for the polls.

They will aid around 46,000 personnel of the state police and 12,000 of the Kolkata Police, while the state government would use close to 2,000 security personnel from the departments of excise, prison and forests in manning the booths.

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