The counting of votes was postponed in the Bidhannagar and Asansol Municipal Corporations as well as in Bally under the Howrah Municipal Corporation.

State BJP president Rahul Sinha told reporters after a meeting with Governor K N Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan here that "This never happened earlier. The counting of votes has been put on hold by the SEC. This is a bold step taken by the Commissioner and we should support him."

Alleging that the polls were nothing but a farce, the BJP leader questioned the role played by the police during the elections. He said that the party's central team would meet the Chief Election Commissioner in connection with the civic polls in West Bengal.

"We will also write to the CEC in this connection keeping in mind next year's assembly elections," Sinha said. "There was no existence of the police during the polls. Either they were mere spectators or they were neutral at places where they should have acted," he alleged.

"Mamata Banerjee has failed as Home Minister and we have asked the Governor to direct her to resign (as Home Minister)," Sinha said demanding immediate actions against the culprits who had attacked journalists covering the polls.

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