Counting in Bengal polls deferred indefinitely

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 04, 2015 22:50 IST
Congress activists take part in a rally protesting against West Bengal State Election Commissioner Sushanta Upadhay and State chief minister Mamata Banerjee's Government regarding violenceSaturday’s Bidhannagar municipal corporation elections, in front of State Election Commission, in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

The State Election Commission (SEC) deferred the counting of votes for three municipal corporations and promised to verify allegations of rigging and violence, a day after attacks in Salt Lake marred polls.

However, police are yet to arrest or detain a single miscreant involved in the attack on Saturday.

The counting that was scheduled for October 7 in Asansol, Bidhannagar-Rajarhat and Bally has been deferred.

“We have decided to defer the counting indefinitely in the three municipal corporation polls because we need time to evaluate complaints of rigging, vote tampering, presence of outsiders and violence. We will take a decision after we investigate,” said Sushanta Ranjan Upadhaya, state election commissioner.

Meanwhile on Sunday, top Trinamool leadership pointed fingers at the CPI(M) for bringing outsiders and engaging in violence.

“The CPI(M) attacked and that was pre-planned to create a problem during the polling process. Goutam Deb had announced before the Bidhannagar Corporation elections that he would bring outsiders in Salt Lake,” TMC vice-president Subrata Mukherjee said.

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