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74 % queue up for re-polls

Siliguri, May 3: Re-polling in two booths of the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency went off peacefully today as over 74 per cent of the electorate cast their votes till 5pm.

The voting had begun at 7am. Despite drizzle and an overcast sky, long queues were seen in front of the two booths — Hindi Bharati Vidyalaya in Paticolony and Shishu Vidyalaya in Deshbandhupara here. The Paticolony booth has 1,106 voters and recorded 76.85 per cent polling. Deshbandhupara with 901 voters had 71.93 per cent polling.

“The re-polling was done peacefully with no untoward incident. It has been ordered following some technical fault that took place during the elections on Thursday,” said Sharad Dwivedi, the subdivisional officer of Siliguri.

Yesterday, the district Left Front demonstrated at Dinabandhu Mancha here to protest against the re-polling decision. “When we had urged the Election Commission for re-polling in the hills, our demand was not considered. We have nothing to say about re-election in the Paticolony booth, but we don’t see any reason for it in Deshbandhupara,” said Jibesh Sarkar, the CPM candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.

District magistrate Surendra Gupta said election observer Varsha Joshi had suggested the re-polling. “We have received instructions from the state commission and the re-polling was organised after that.”

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