Kolkata: Expressing dismay over the performance of Election Commission and the central forces during the polls in West Bengal on Monday, Opposition parties alleged "match fixing" between BJP and TMC, that helped the ruling party to let loose a reign of terror.
The Trinamool Congress however refuted the allegations and said people have voted in favour of the developmental model of TMC.
"In some places people have voted freely and fairly. In some places people couldn't do so because of the reign of terror let loose by TMC goons. The central forces and the Election Commission were mute spectators," West Bengal Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said.
He said the central forces were "inactive" due to the "match fixing."
"The match fixing between BJP and TMC is clear from today's inactiveness of the central forces and Election Commission. We have written to Election Commission of India and urged it to take necessary steps. Although people could vote freely in some places by defeating the reign of terror but many booths in Keshpur, Garbeta, Sabang, Pingla and many other places were captured and rigged," Bose said.
TMC Vice-President Mukul Roy said the allegations agaisnt his party are baseless and the people have voted in a free and fair manner in favour of the developmental model of TMC.
"The polls have been free and fair. And the huge turnout proves people's vote in favour of the developmental model of TMC and Mamata Banerjee. I am waiting for the resignation of CPI(M) state Secretary after his party loses the poll. They are crying about rigging as they are preparing escape routes as they will lose the polls," Roy told reporters.
WBPCC President Adhir Chowdhury too came down heavily on the functioning of the Election Commission.
"Polling today had been reduced to a farce and Congress will seek repoll. The central force sent for the poll duty are not working properly. Votes were looted at Sabang and Kulti.
"We have seen how terror was unleashed today. We are meeting the EC tomorrow in New Delhi and will request it to take stern action," BJP National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said.
A CPI(M) agent was allegedly beaten up by TMC workers and obstructed from entering a polling booth, while bombs were found in two bags near another booth in Jamuria constituency in Burdwan district where polling was held on Monday.
A police official said two CPI(M) agents were obstructed from entering booth numbers 76 and 77 of Jamuria seat, just as polling began at 7 am. One of the agents sustained head injury after he was beaten up allegedly by TMC workers.
Over 75 percent votes were cast during the day in part two of the first phase polling in 31 constituencies in West Bengal spread over three districts, EC sources said.
First Published On : Apr 12, 2016 08:27 IST