TMC has attacked BJP candidates; EVM was found in the house of TMC leader

On Tuesday, the ruling Trinamool Congress accused BJP workers of attacking party leader Sujata Mandal near a polling station and called on the Election Commission to take action against the ‘goons’.

Allegations of obstruction of 31 assembly constituencies in West Bengal for the third phase of elections on Tuesday have spread. According to the provisional statistics of the Election Commission, at the end of the election. voters: Among millions of voters. 77.76 f per cent voters exercised their franchise.

In this phase of state assembly elections, several elections were held in Howrah, Sundarbans region, Diamond Harbor and parts of Baruipur belt and Hooghly district of South 24 Parganas.

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.

In all, 10,77,111 polling stations were set up in the assembly constituencies from 7 am to 5 pm. Voting was held in the morning.

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

On Tuesday, Chief Minister and TMC Supermo Mamata Banerjee accused the central forces of “influencing voters” for “ruthless misconduct”.

He shared screenshots of the controversy between BJP and TMC supporters in Gogat constituency.

He claimed that the central forces attacked “voters” at several polling stations who had instructed the BJP to “vote”. Banerjee further alleged that the BJP forcibly occupied the polling booths and attacked the TMC candidates.

Speaking at a public meeting in Alipurduar district, the TMC boss accused the Election Commission of giving a blind eye to the “excesses” of the CRPF, CISF, BSF and ITBP.

The Chief Minister said, “They have been beating and torturing people since morning. They say ‘vote for BJP’ (vote for BJP). “

On the other hand, BJP candidate Deepak Haldhar from TMC’s Turncoat and Diamond Harbor constituencies has complained that his previous party was not allowing voters to go to the polls.

“People in the TMC are not allowing BJP supporters to come out and vote freely, and unfortunately, the central forces are silent spectators,” he said. The ruling party in the state has termed the allegations as baseless.

There were reports of sporadic violence in the third phase of the Bengal elections

In the Dhankhali constituency, state minister Asima Patra made a high-profile complaint against the central forces and alleged that the BJP was obstructing “goon” voters from going to the polls, an allegation denied by the Saifi party.

In Khankul, TMC candidate Nazmul Karim was insulted by BJP workers and slogans were raised against him. Central forces later rescued him from the area.

Police said a family member of a BJP supporter was killed in Hooghly district just hours before polling began in the area.

He said that Madhavi Adak had committed suicide by injuring several people who had fallen at home to save her son. Adak’s family alleges that the TMC was behind the incident, which was denied by those in power.

The TMC has accused BJP workers of attacking party candidates in Arambagh

Earlier on Tuesday, police arrested three TMC members and two BJP members, a police official said.

Police said the search began when those who assaulted BJP candidate Papia Adhikari in Uluberia (South) Assembly constituency went to Uluberia Hospital to meet the party’s injured candidate.

The attack was part of a series of clashes between different parts of Bengal, where voting is underway in the third phase of assembly elections.

According to party sources, BJP candidate from Tarakeswar Swapan Dasgupta was also allegedly tortured by TMC supporters while visiting a polling station.

Mandal said he was chased and beheaded by saffron men on his way to visit a polling station in the Castor area of ​​the constituency after receiving information that voters had received their franchise. Use.

Mandal said, “My bodyguards saved my life. I found out that the BJP people failed to vote for the people in the casts. I went there to find out what went wrong. I was attacked. There are BJP MPs. Soumitra Khan’s wife is an expatriate, Dr.

TMC MP Derek O’Brien wrote a letter to the Election Commission urging the BJP to arrest “thugs” and take action against CRPF personnel for the silent spectators of the incident.

“BJP goons have attacked TRC candidate Sujata Mandal at Alandi-2 booth in Mahalapara. His personal security officer suffered a head injury and is in critical condition. CRPF personnel were silent spectators, ”said Tariq al-Hashmi, the party’s general secretary. ANI The TMC quoted the leader as saying.

In another incident, TMC candidate Dr. Nirmal Majhi was hacked to death while trying to reach the booth of Uluberia (North) Assembly constituency and his car was attacked.

The mediators wore helmets and police came out of the troubled area.

One of his bodyguards was seriously injured and a brick was thrown at him, police said.

EVM was found in the house of TMC leader

A senior official said on Tuesday that four EVMs and similar VVIPs were found at the home of a Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal’s Howrah district. He said the incident took place in Tulsiberia village of Uluberia North assembly constituency.

He said that after seeing the car with the sticker of the Election Commission, the villagers started protesting outside the TMC leader’s house in the early hours of the morning.

Then it was seen that Sector 1 officer Tapan Sarkar was going to the TMC leader’s house with EVM. He said the EVMs and VVIPs had been seized and the officer had been suspended.

“Four machines are not being used in today’s survey. We have asked the district election officer for a report,” he said.

The sector official claimed he arrived in the area too late and found the polling station closed, then decided to spend the night at his relative’s house, finding no “safe place” to stay.

A large contingent of central forces was deployed in the area, alleging abuse due to opposition from local people. The Block Development Officer (BDO) was cordoned off after reaching the spot to calm down the crowd.

Meanwhile, the BMP on Tuesday demanded an independent inquiry from the Election Commission after electronic voting machines (EVMs) and VVIPAT machines were found in the TMC examinee’s house.

With PTI input

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