Sporadic violence in Kerala, Bengal; Voting in TM, Assam, Puducherry was mostly peaceful.

The ECI said elections in all states were largely peaceful. However, media reports have confirmed the escalation of violence in West Bengal, where some candidates of the ruling TMC have been allegedly attacked by BJP workers.

The Election Commission said peaceful voting took place in 1,53,538 polling stations in 475 assembly constituencies in Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu.

But media reports have confirmed the escalation of violence in West Bengal, where BJP activists have allegedly attacked ruling party candidates. Elections in Assam were largely peaceful despite disturbances and EVMs in some areas. In Tamil Nadu, Puducherry was accused of electoral abuse during the intense voting.

The Election Commission said in a press release that all polling stations were followed COVID-19 Safety protocol, where social distance system and heat scanning, hand sanitizer, face mask were provided. Voting was held under tight security.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi urged civilized voters to exercise their voting right.

By-polls were held on Tuesday in Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu and Malappur parliamentary seat in Kerala.

Bengali

According to the provisional statistics of the Election Commission, out of 786.5 lakh voters in West Bengal, a total of 77 77.6 per cent have exercised their franchise till the end of polling. Officials told the news agency that polling was held in 10 constituencies (1 parts) of South 24 Parganas district, seven in Howrah (first part) and eight in Hughli (first part). PTI.

A total of 205 candidates, including BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, state minister Ashima Patra and CPM leader Kanti Ganguly, were in the fray from 31 seats in the eight-point third constituency.

The Election Commission has issued prohibition orders under Article 144 of the CRPC in all constituencies, declared them sensitive and deployed heavy forces.

Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, however, reacted to allegations of the presence of central forces and their interference “to influence voters”.

BJP MP Soumitra Khan and expelled wife of TMC candidate Sujata Mandal Khan and her bodyguard were also injured in the attack. PTI

The TMC claimed that the BJP did not allow the party’s polling agents inside the “thug” polling station, the saffron party entered the area with the TMC’s “thugs” and threatened to create unrest by threatening the people to go to the polls. Was accused. Their franchise

The CEO has asked PTI officials for a report on the incident, sources told PTI.

TMC candidate Dr. Nirmal Majhi claimed that BJP supporters “hacked” him and vandalized his car while he was at a booth in Uluberia (North) constituency. The mediators wore helmets and police came out of the troubled area.

In Khankul, TMC candidate Nazmul Karim was beaten by BJP activists and chanted slogans against him before he was rescued from the area by central forces.

The BJP candidate’s car was attacked in the fault seat. In Bishnupur constituency, a woman was seen threatening to go to the polls. However, he did not succumb to the pressure. The ECI later sought a report from the local authorities and the accused was arrested PTI.

At least one person was injured while trying to capture a modified explosive device outside a polling station in Canning East Assembly constituency. The Indian Secular Front (ISF), led by TMC candidate Shakat Molha Abbas Siddiqui, has been blamed for the attack, the party has denied the allegations.

Deepak Haldhar, a BJP candidate from TMC’s Turncoat and Diamond Harbor constituencies, has complained that his previous party was not allowing voters to come to the Dhankhali polling station. The saffron side, however, has denied the allegations.

Police said Madhubi Adak, a family member of a BJP supporter, died in Hooghly district just hours before the election, when he went to try to rescue a family member from some people who had entered his house. Adak’s family alleges that the TMC was behind the incident, which was denied by those in power.

Tamil Nadu

According to the provisional statistics of the Election Commission, Tamil Nadu, where single phase elections were held in 234 constituencies, got 6555.11 per cent votes.

Although voting was peaceful most of the time, the South has been accused of electoral fraud and violating the Electoral Code of Conduct.

In the afternoon, Makkal Nidhi Mayam chief Kamal Hassan lodged a complaint with polling officials in the southern Kamabato constituency, alleging that the BJP was distributing cash for the election, the report said. Five sets. Hassan has claimed that he has evidence of electoral fraud where cash exchange chits were distributed in a ward of Kempati Colony, and also alleged that BJP candidate Banati Srinivasan may have been linked to the practice.

The BJP candidate has denied the allegations and alleged that the Congress, MNM and other parties were involved in the drama realizing their defeat.

Meanwhile, BJP candidate for Hazra Lights constituency Khushbu Sundar also accused the DMK of distributing cash among voters and lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, the news agency said. ANI.

DMK leader Ian Dhanidhi was also accused of wearing a shirt with the party’s logo while voting against Stalin, the report said. ANI.

Voting in Assam is mostly peaceful

According to provisional data from the Election Commission, polling in Assam was largely peaceful, with 82.33 per cent of the 9.19 per cent voters exercising their franchise to select candidates for 40 seats in the third and final round of Assembly elections. But officials said there had been violence and unrest in several places.

Voting was suspended for a while at a station of Dighaltari Lower Primary School in Golakganj on reports of clashes between the two sides. Police used batons and fired shots into the air to control the situation, but no one was injured, an official said. PTI.

A group of people hurled stones at a polling booth in Bilaspur Guptipara police booth to distribute masked attacks on security forces. Officials said voting was interrupted for about half an hour but then resumed normally PTI.

With the help of the police to control the situation of the strike the police station, the presiding officer at a polling station by an officer of the police resorted to baton charge the crowd. Different capable people can vote for them

In another incident, police arrested at least two people from a polling station at Kamrup Academy High School in Guwahati, allegedly distributing BJP leaflets carrying pictures of Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya.

Officials said about 10 people were detained while voting was taking place in different constituencies. He said EVM faults were found in several polling stations and re-polling started after the machines were replaced.

Earlier, in a Facebook post in Hindi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Bhadra said that a large number of voters were urged to cast their votes to strengthen the democratic process. The Congress general secretary said that at a time when the ruling party is running an irresponsible Election Commission (EC) and negative politics is going on, the people of Assam will choose the path to ensure development and progress.

At the moment, the BJP ministers are Himanta Bishwa Sarma, Chandra Mohan Patwari, Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Panibhushan Chowdhury.

Other prominent people who exercised their franchise included BPF Minister Chandan Brahma and Pramila Rani Brahma.
Party chief Hagrama Mahilari, Congress leader Ratul Patwari and state election icon and actor Kopil Bora.

Kerala

Despite the scorching heat and rains in several parts of the state, Kerala got a lot of votes. Except for some technical errors and sporadic
According to Bogus’s vote, the election exercise was conducted smoothly till early morning. According to the Election Commission, 9.99 per cent polling was recorded in the state from 7 pm to 7 pm.

Separation of opposition activists took place in various parts of the state, including Kazakutta.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Bijayan (Dharmadam), Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Ramesh Channithala (Haripad), Senior Congress Leader Oman Chandy (Putupali), BJP State President K. Them.

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Puducherry

The BRISC elections were held in the Union Territory of Puducherry, where single-party elections are being held in 30 assembly constituencies. According to the Election Commission’s update at 7 pm, territory territory territory. 03 percent of voters have registered in the Union Territory. Earlier in the day, PTI had reported that Yanam, where IINRC leader N Rangasamy is contesting the elections, had a record higher than the turnout.
The other three regions – Mahe, Karaikal and Puducherry – came from Scratch. Rangasamy is also demanding elections in the regional areas.
Rainfall in Thanchabari Mandal in Puducherry region.

Including input from agencies

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