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Polling officials yet to arrive at Dhupguri- Goyerkata counting centre in Jalpaiguri district.

Government employees and teachers deployed for counting on Wednesday held a demonstration in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district demanding central forces for the security of the counting centres. The major players in the West Bengal Panchayat Elections are the Trinamool Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The central government has asked for a second detailed report on the violence, saying that the initial report was "sketchy".

TMC leading in 204 out of 825 Zilla Parishads; Left Front and BJP yet to open accounts.

The Calcutta high court had ruled last week that if the scale of violence during polling on Monday exceeds that of 2013, top officials including the state election commissioner will be ordered to personally pay up for compensation.

The commission announced that the re-polling would be held in all districts barring Jhargram, taking the decision after going through reports and recommendations from the districts on Monday's elections.

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This adds to the long list of violent incidents that have erupted in the ongoing polls in the state, with at least 12 people having lost their lives so far.

"Ballot boxes were found in a pond. innocent party workers, not only of the BJP but of other parties too, were killed", he said.

The booths, where re-polling took place, include 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others. Out of the total 58,692 seats, 34 per cent were won unopposed by the Trinamool Congress. This is because 16,814 gram panchayat seats, 3,059 panchayat samiti seats and 203 zila parishad were uncontested.

The protracted legal battle that dogged the State Election Commission before the panchayat poll now threatens to haunt it again after Monday's body count.

Almost 71,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls, News 18 reported. "Very unfortunate", said party's website attributing the remarks to Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee. Workers of these parties were killed.


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