Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], April 26 (ANI): The voter turnout for the seventh and penultimate phase of the high-stakes West Bengal meeting elections reached 37.72 per cent at 12 am on Monday.
Among the districts, Murshidabad recorded the best turnout with 42.41 per cent, whereas Malda and Dakshin Dinajpur registered 39.96 per cent and 39.70 per cent respectively.
Chanchal recorded the best proportion of voters amongst all constituencies at 48 per cent whereas Rashbehari and Bhowanipore recorded 27.45 per cent and 28.31 per cent respectively.
Earlier within the day, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) polling agent Sankar Sakar alleged that he was forcefully pushed out of sales space quantity 91 by members of the ruling Trinamool Congress and made to depart the spot in Bakhra village of Ratua, Malda.
“TMC members, who are residents of the village, told me that they won’t let me there as I’m not a voter there. They forcefully pushed me out. I was threatened by them,” he informed ANI.
However, a TMC member stated that Sankar was requested to depart the polling sales space respectfully as he was not a voter there and that no person threatened him.
As polls had been underway, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew slammed the BJP for mishandling the COVID-19 response and exuded confidence that his aunt will safe a two-third majority within the meeting.
After casting his vote in Bhowanipore, Abhishek Banerjee informed the media: “From whatever little I have gathered from my own experience and wisdom, I am extremely confident that Mamata Banerjee is going to come back with a two-thirds majority. We have complete faith in the people.”A complete of 268 candidates, together with 37 ladies, are within the fray on this phase of the West Bengal elections.
Polling for the eighth and last phase can be held on April 29 whereas the counting of votes will happen on May 2. (ANI)