West Bengal: GTA election and by-polls at six municipal wards held peacefully

Debjit Mukherjee: Elections to the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) in Bengal’s Darjeeling hills, the 22 gram panchayats under the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad in North Bengal and by-polls at six municipal wards in the districts of North 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Purulia were held peacefully on Sunday, state election commissioner S K Das said. Though the rate of polling was initially low everywhere, the average voter turnout stood at around 60% at 3 pm. The results to the polls and by-polls will be announced on June 29.

Sridhar Thapa, a BJP election agent at Sukantanagar and Akhtar Ali, an independent candidate at Fhansidewa, alleged that they suffered head injuries in attacks by TMC supporters. Sukanta Majumdar, the state BJP president said “TMC resorted to violence because it is not even confident of winning panchayat and civic body seats in Bengal. No wonder it ranked fourth in the Tripura assembly by-polls the results to which were announced today”.

TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh denied the allegations saying the charges were concocted.