On Video, Mass False Voting In Violence-Hit Bengal Panchayat Polls

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Kolkata:  Shocking video footage has emerged from a poll booth in Bengal that shows blatant false voting took place in the recent panchayat elections, during which violence swept the state. Counting of votes is on today, in which the ruling Trinamool Congress is way ahead. The polls were held on Tuesday after days of court battle and opposition allegations of “Trinamool terror”.

The video shows a man inside a polling station, stamping a bunch of ballot papers. Near him stands another man, presumably an official, going by a card hung on a lanyard around his neck. Outside the poll area, separated by a wire mesh, voters watch helplessly.

Under the eyes of the officials, the man continues stamping, raising his head suddenly as he realises he is being shot on camera. “Take away the cameras, don’t you dare show me on TV,” he screams, before hurrying on with his task.

Ballot papers were used instead of EVMs by the Election Commission, which came under a barrage of…

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