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Kolkata: The West Bengal state election commission and the state administration were on Wednesday left facing a highly embarrassing situation over the ongoing panchayat election after a middle-aged poll official was found dead on the train tracks near Raiganj station.

Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal took an early lead in all three tiers of the panchayat polls after almost five hours of counting on Thursday. After the last date of filing of nominations, the Election Commission had said that the TMC won 34 percent seats uncontested.

The TMC controls 90% of the Panchayat seats, apart from all the Zilla Parishads of the state.

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- 10: 10 am: The polling agents of the Opposition parties have been battered by ruling TMC workers at Bardhamaan's Memari, reports 24 ghanta.

The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in the three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls with the party leading in most of the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti seats.

Polling for election results of 622 Zilla Parishads, 6,158 Panchayat Samitis and 31,836 Gram Panchayats was held on Monday, which was marred by widespread violence and saw a voter turnout of 73 per cent.

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Taking note of the incident, the Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a report from the state government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state.

The BJP has won 2,079 seats and is leading in 200 seats, while the CPI (M) captured 562 gram panchayat seats and is ahead in another 113, the SEC sources said. "It will not lag behind for ensuring the State a bright future", he said in an address to party leaders and workers at its Headquarters.

Five of the eight land agitators, who had filed their nomination via WhatsApp, have won the Polerhat II gram panchayat seats in South 24 Parganas.

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- 7: 57 am: The counting, will be held at 291 counting centre across the state. At least 40 people have been killed in poll-related violence since April 2.

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