The re-polling was announced following deadly violence on Monday that killed at least 12 people and injured 43 others. In booth no. 36/37, the crowd protested after voting process started late.
North Dinajpur tops the repoll list with 73 booths, followed by Murshidabad (63 booths), Nadia (60 booths), North 24-Parganas (59 booths), Malda (55 booths) and Cooch Behar (52 booths).
Calcutta High Court had ordered on May 10 that compensation to the families of the casualties of the election would be paid out of the salaries, retirement benefits and if need be properties of senior state government and SEC officers who had approved of the security arrangement.
Repolling in 568 booths across West Bengal, from where the State Election Commission (SEC) received complaints of violence during the panchayat poll, began today amid tight security. In South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore and South Dinajpur districts, re-polling will be held at 26, 23 and 35 booths, respectively.
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "unwarranted comments" on panchayat polls in West Bengal, the TMC today said Modi's remarks were out of frustration as the BJP could not win a majority in Karnataka. He said people were bullied and weren't even allowed to file nominations. Bringing up the reference to the violence during the rural polls Modi said, "The entire country must have watched on television the way democracy was murdered during the panchayat election in Bengal". People from all the leading parties except the one that rules Bengal suffered.
The election process had been marred by violence, from the first day of filing of nomination papers on April 2.
The deceased workers and supporters are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the CPI-M and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). "All political parties, including civil society and judiciary, must play an active role to strengthen the democratic spirit", he added.