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North, South Bengal districts observe peaceful elections

Kolkata: The Panchayat polls in Bengal have set an example on Monday with people headed to vote in a festive mood braving heavy rainfall in parts of North Bengal and the scorching heat in the southern parts of the state.
It may be mentioned that this comes at the time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged everyone to ensure that Panchayat election passes off peacefully.
North Dinajpur district in North Bengal has witnessed heavy rainfall almost till noon on Monday. But the heavy rainfall did not deter the spirit of the people from going to the polling station to cast vote. Since early Monday morning, people from different walks of life headed towards the polling stations. Women in large numbers have also gone to the polling stations to exercise their powers.
In the morning, people were found standing in queues at least an hour ahead of the scheduled time for the election. "We cannot avoid casting our votes under any circumstances," said locals who were standing in queues outside a booth in a school situated at Islampur.
People even stood in queues outside some of the booths from 5 in the morning and there were many first time voters too.
People in Dinhata voted with same enthusiasm despite the presence of cloudy sky almost throughout the day on Monday. Little drizzle in the area forced locals to carry umbrellas while they headed to vote. In South Bengal as well, people went to vote in large numbers and with equal enthusiasm. It resulted in a poll of 41.51 percent till 1 pm.
Elderly people in several South Bengal districts went to exercise their powers despite their old age.
People casting votes in Kalipath Primary School at Dinhata in Cooch Behar, claimed that candidates of different political parties, who were fighting against each other in the polls, were present at the polling station and helped supporters of all parties to exercise their votes in a peaceful manner.
Similar picture was found at most of the polling stations in both North and South Bengal where the election passed off peacefully.
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