West Bengal panchayat elections

‘Anti-incumbency is not a factor’

Trinamul Member of Parliament from the Dum Dum constituency, Prof Saugata Roy was one of the 50 senior party leaders to have been hand- picked by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to campaign in the rural areas before the panchayat elections today.

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The elections are taking place after several incidents of pre-poll violence and weeks of legal battles over security for candidates. Nearly 71,500 armed personnel are on duty for smooth conduct of the polls. Armed forces have arrived from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh to strengthen the security arrangements.