The NDA government at the Centre would not remain a silent spectator if the ruling CPI-M in Tripura does not stop an alleged wave of terror against BJP workers which began after the July 15 panchayat polls in the state, BJP MPs cautioned Tuesday Today.
Encouraged by smooth conduct of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Dhinkia area, considered the epicentre of anti-Posco movement, Odisha government has initiated steps to hold panchayat elections there.
Despite all odds, controversies, criticism and anti-incumbency, West Bengal’s firebrand Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party - the Trinamool Congress (TMC) – swept the three-tier panchayat polls in the state, mauling the Left Front badly.
Ahead of the third and final phase of gram panchayat elections in AP on Wednesday, the State Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy held high-level meeting with police officials over deployment of paramilitary forces.
A high turnout of over 82.31 per cent was reported in the first phase of gram panchayat polls in Andhra Pradesh, which was marred by stray clashes between workers of different political parties, officials said.
At a time when the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has declared it will renew its demand for a separate Gorkhaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said there was no apprehension of a division of the state.
Kolkata: West Bengal`s countryside bled Monday as seven people were killed and scores - among them four children - injured in the penultimate round of the panchayat polls marred by bomb blasts, firings, violent clashes and allegations of rampant electoral malpractices.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee indirectly put onus of panchayat poll violence on State Election Commission, saying elections were being conducted by the SEC and the state had provided adequate policemen requisitioned by poll panel.