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Even bloodcurdling violence in West Bengal could not stop BJP: Amit Shah over West Bengal Violence

West Bengal Panchayat Polls: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday praised the performance of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) in the West Bengal Panchayat Polls despite the violence witnessed during the elections. Taking the matter to Twitter, Amit Shah wrote, “Even bloodcurdling violence in West Bengal could not stop the BJP from putting up […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jul 14, 2023 20:10 IST
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Even bloodcurdling violence in West Bengal could not stop the BJP
Even bloodcurdling violence in West Bengal could not stop the BJP

West Bengal Panchayat Polls: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday praised the performance of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) in the West Bengal Panchayat Polls despite the violence witnessed during the elections.

Taking the matter to Twitter, Amit Shah wrote, “Even bloodcurdling violence in West Bengal could not stop the BJP from putting up a stellar performance in Panchayat Election. The BJP nearly doubled its seat tally from the previous election, indicating a significant rise in the trust placed by the people.”

“This shows that the people’s affection lies with PM@narendramodiJi-led BJP, and will surely lead the party to meteoric heights in Lok Sabha and assembly polls,” Shah said in a tweet.

“My heartfelt gratitude to the people of West Bengal and many Congratulations to Shri @DrSukantaBJP, Shri @SuvenduWB and the Karyakartas who stood firm with the party despite mercilessly adverse circumstances,” Union Home Minister tweeted, expressing his gratitude for the Karyakartas.

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Prior to the scheduled Gram Panchayat elections in West Bengal on July 8, violent incidents occurred, tarnishing the voting process. The actual voting day was marred by widespread violence, including incidents of ballot paper looting and rigging.

Numerous districts, including Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, Malda, South 24 Parganas, North Dinajpur, and Nadia, witnessed reports of booth capturing, ballot box damage, and assault on presiding officers. Instances of ballot box arson and clashes between political parties also surfaced in different locations.

Consequently, the State Election Commission announced the re-polling of the Panchayat election on July 10. The re-polling concluded on Monday, followed by vote counting on Tuesday, July 11.

As per the latest updates from the State Election Commission (SEC) until 10:30 PM on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress secured victory in 28,985 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 7,764 seats, and the Congress in 2,022 seats. TMC was leading on 1,540 panchayat seats, with the BJP leading on 417 seats.

West Bengal encompasses 3,341 gram panchayats, and the number of village panchayat election centers amounts to 58,594. There are a total of 63,239 seats at the Gram Panchayat level, 9,730 at the Panchayat Samiti level, and 928 at the Zila Parishad level.
In the 2018 panchayat elections, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) had won an uncontested 34% of the seats, with instances of violence also occurring during that time.

First published on: Jul 14, 2023 08:08 PM IST

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