TMC Leader shot dead in WB rural polls


According to the police, three individuals arrived on a motorbike and started firing while Dhananjay Choubey, the party’s town president in Adra, sat outside the party office.The state electoral commission (SEC) announced the dates of the panchayat elections earlier this month. On Thursday night, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader was allegedly shot dead at Adra in the Purulia district, bringing the total number of fatalities to nine.

A senior member of the state election commission stated that the union home ministry approved on Friday the deployment of 315 companies of the central armed police forces, state armed police, and Indian reserve battalions around the state in preparation for the rural elections.22 firms had previously received deployment approval from the Centre.The state poll panel requested 800 more companies of paramilitary forces after being criticised by the Calcutta high court. They had already put out requests for 22 companies.

According to a senior official, the SEC has already written to the MHA regarding the balance forces.
“We cannot send 800 firms all at once. Panchayat elections cannot be conducted in a single phase, hence the SEC should advise the court of this. With this force, it could be possible to hold a free and fair election if the number of phases is increased. Panchayat elections were held in five rounds in 2013 with the participation of almost 800 enterprises, according to BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar.

Suvendu Adhikari, a BJP legislator and the head of the opposition in the legislature, pleaded with the Calcutta high court to extend the panchayat election’s phase count.

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