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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 12 August: STAGE is set for municipal elections tomorrow, Sunday, in nine civic bodies spread over seven districts in south Bengal and two districts in the north Bengal.

The civic bodies going to polls are Dhupguri (Jalpaiguri), Buniadpur (South Dinajpur), Nalhati (Birbhum), Durgapur (West Burdwan), Jhargram ( Jhargram / only one ward), Panskura and Haldia (East Midnapore), Cooper’s Camp (Nadia), and Champdani (Hooghly/ only one ward).

With Dhupguri being hit by flood, chances are that the polls might get postponed either entirely or in some wards.

State Election Commission said that the voting would take place from 7 am to 5 pm and the polls would be conducted on electronic voting machines.

All the nine civic bodies where the votes would take place tomorrow were under Trinamool ~ some it had won in the previous election, others it captured by engineering defection in Congress and the Left parties.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose today told a news conference in Kolkata that Trinamool have unleashed a reign of terror on Opposition party workers and supporters so to win the election by hook or by crook.

“We have provided the district election offices lists of places where Trinamool has assembled miscreants to rig the polls, but the administration is hardly doing anything,” Bose said, hoping that people would put up a resistance.

There are chances of violence in Durgapur and Haldia where the Left still have some strength and are determined to give it a fight. Although results of this election would hardly have any bearing in state politics, for the Left it is an occasion to assert that they were not over yet.

The counting of vote is scheduled to take place on 17 August, Thursday.