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Sporadic violence reported in phase 3 of Bengal polls

Sporadic incidents of violence had been reported on Tuesday in some areas the place voting is underway in the third phase of the West Bengal meeting elections, whilst the general state of affairs by and huge remained peaceable with 34.71 per cent turnout recorded until 11 am, officers stated.

 

IMAGE: A voter is screened as she arrives to forged her vote at a polling station, in the course of the third phase of Assembly elections at Sheakhala, in Hooghly, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ashok Bhaumik/PTI Photo

Voting is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in 16 seats in South 24 Parganas district (half II), seven in Howrah (half I) and eight in Hooghly (half I), they stated.

“Voter turnout of 34.71 per cent was recorded till 11 am in 31 seats,” an EC official stated.

Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged ‘blatant misuse’ of central forces to ‘affect voters’.

‘The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly elevating this concern, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator whereas males in uniform are being misused at a number of locations to overtly intimidate TMC voters & affect many to vote in favour of one celebration,’ she tweeted.

She shared a screengrab of a scuffle between Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress supporters in Goghat constituency.

TMC turncoat and BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour seat, Dipak Haldar alleged that his former celebration shouldn’t be permitting voters to come back to polling stations.

“TMC men are not allowing BJP supporters to come out and vote freely, and unfortunately, the central forces are mute spectators,” he stated.

The ruling celebration in the state has dubbed the allegations as ‘baseless’.

In Dhanekhali seat, state minister Asima Patra accused the central forces of high-handedness and alleged that voters had been being stopped from coming to the polling stations by the BJP ‘goons’, an allegation dismissed by the saffron celebration.

In Khanakul, TMC candidate Najmul Karim was allegedly assaulted by the BJP activists and slogans had been raised in opposition to him.

Later, central forces rescued him from the world.

In Arambagh, Sujata Mondal Khan accused the BJP of threatening the TMC supporters, an allegation denied by the saffron celebration.

A BJP supporter’s member of the family was allegedly killed in Hooghly district, hours earlier than the graduation of polling in the world, police stated.

Madhabi Adak succumbed to her accidents sustained whereas defending her son from a couple of males who barged into their home, they stated.

Adak’s household accused that the TMC was behind the incident, a cost denied by the ruling celebration.

Four EVMs and an equal quantity of VVPATs had been discovered in the home of a TMC chief in Uluberia Uttar meeting seat in Howrah district, following which a ballot official was suspended.

Long queues had been seen outdoors polling stations, the place voting will proceed until 6.30 pm.

Over 78.5 lakh voters are eligible to train their franchise to resolve the destiny of 205 candidates, together with BJP chief Swapan Dasgupta, state minister Ashima Patra and Communist Party of India-Marxist chief Kanti Ganguly.

The Election Commission has imposed prohibitory orders underneath Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure in all of the constituencies, declaring them as ‘delicate’.

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