Continuing its wining spree, the Trinamool Congress swept the three-tier panchayat polls in West Bengal, capturing 13 out of 17 Zilla Parishads, 213 out of 329 panchayat samities and 1763 out of 3215 gram panchayat seats.
Twelve personnel of Kolkata Police have been suspended for indiscipline after they refused to do election duty during the ongoing panchayat polls in West Bengal, a senior police official said on Thursday.
At least 25 people, including two policemen were injured on Saturday when members of Trinamool Congress and RSP clashed over allegations of fraud during panchayat polls at Basanti in South 24-Parganas district.
The first phase of the panchayat polls in West Bengal covering three junglemahal districts passed off, by and large, peacefully on Thursday with a voter turnout of 70 per cent amidst tight security and surveillance by helicopters.
A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the state election commission and the opposition parties over the panchayat polls, the Supreme Court on Friday suggested that the elections be rescheduled.
The CPI(M) on Thursday sought the intervention of West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan into alleged attacks of opposition candidates by the ruling Trinamool Congress during nomination filing for June`s panchayat polls.
The West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday asked the West Bengal government to change the date of the third phase of the panchayat poll, due on July 10, the day on which the Rathayatra festival falls.