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West Bengal Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting Updates: Crude bombs, bricks hurled at TMC leader Madan Mitra's car in 24 North Parganas
  • 17:37 (IST)

    BJP urges EC to consider re-polling in state amid violent incidents

    BJP wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, alleging violent incidents in nine Parliamentary constituencies of the state. The letter stated, "We have filed 417 complaints to the ECI, out of which 227 were resolved. A whopping number of 190 complaints remain unresolved."

    Input by A Ghose

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Bombing in Mathurpur, vandalism in Newtown reported

    Bombing was reported at Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituency. Initial reports allege that both TMC and BJP are responsible for the incident.

    Meanwhile, incidents of vandalism were reported at booth numbers 255 and 256 in Newtown. Trinamool Congress alleged that central forces shouted “Jai Shree Ram” and vandalised the whole camp. They also allegedly vandalised TMC hoardings.

    Inputs by A Ghose

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Heavy police, central forces deployment in Bhatpara, where the situation still remains tense

    Input by A Ghose

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Voter turnout at 64.17 percent in West Bengal at 5 pm
    • Dum Dum 65.24%
    • Barasat 65.38%
    • Basirhat 72.07%
    • Jaynagar 66.40%
    • Mathurapur 66.39%
    • Diamond Harbour 69.07%
    • Jadavpur 61.84%
    • Kolkata Dakshin 58.66%
    • Kolkata Uttar 54.99%

  • 17:19 (IST)

    BJP executing horror story with help of central forces, says TMC in statement

  • 17:14 (IST)

    Never seen such torture before, says Mamata Banerjee

    After casting her vote at Kolkata's Bhawanipur, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said, "Since morning, the torture that BJP workers and CRPF have done during polling in our state, I have never seen it before."

  • 17:11 (IST)

    BJP's Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra alleged a special mark was put on TMC's symbol at EVMs

    Hazra told ANI, "The presiding officer is trying to fool me saying he doesn't know anything. I spoke to a few voters who said the presiding officer was whispering to them that they need to press the button which is inked. It's clearly a pre-planned game."

  • 16:29 (IST)

    TMC chief Mamata Banerjee casts vote in Kolkata's Bhawanipur

    After casting her vote, Banerjee said that the TMC will win 42 out of 42 seats in the state.

  • 16:18 (IST)

    'Babul Supriyo go back' slogas raised in Vidyasagar College area

    'Babul Supriyo go back' slogans raised by TMC men when the BJP candidate was in the Vidyasagar College area. Babul said leaders like Madan Mitra had done rigging using muscle power and now they are blaming others for the same.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Two BJP workers attacked by TMC goon in Jadavpur

    Two BJP workers sustained major injuries after being allegedly attacked by TMC goons at booth numbers 103 and 104 in Futala Saltalia area of Jadavpur constituency. The injured BJP workers have been taken to a hospital for treatment.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Police, CRPF personnel deployed in Ashoknagar after reports of tensions, rigging by TMC

    Tensions mounted as soon as allegations of rigging by the BJP at booth numbers 32 and 33 in Ashoknagar, Bamundanga area of Barasat constituency. Large number of police and CRPF personnel have been deployed to control the situation.

    The female polling agent of BJP alleged that she was subject to abusive words when she tried to resist rigging TMC men.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Former cricketer Saurav Ganguly cast his vote at a polling booth in Barisha Janakalyan Vidyapith

  • 15:27 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

    Bengal polls 51.59% till 3 pm

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 49.31%
    Barasat 53.59%
    Basirhat 58.12%
    Jaynagar 51.32%
    Mathurapur 54.23%
    Diamond Harbour 54.03%
    Jadavpur 57.37%
    Kolkata Dakshin 46.14%
    Kolkata Uttar 44.38%

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Crude bombs, bricks hurled at TMC leader Madan Mitra's car

    TMC leader Madan Mitra's car was attacked with crude bombs and bricks in 24 North Parganas district's Kankinara, reported CNN-News18. Situation tense as quick response teams were rushed to the area.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Central forces are forcing, threatening citizens in West Bengal to vote for the BJP, Derek O'Brien claimed in a statement posted on behalf of the TMC on Facebook

  • 15:04 (IST)

    TMC workers have allegedly gheraoed the convoy of BJP leader and Kolkata North candidate Rahul Sinha's in Kolkata's Sonagachi, reports CNN-News18.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    TMC MP from Barasat Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar argues with a security personnel at a polling booth in the constituency

  • 14:57 (IST)

    West Bengal Lok Sabha election seventh phase in numbers

    Number of seats going to polls: 9
    Kolkata North and Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Jaynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC)

    Number of candidates in fray: 111

    Size of electorate: 1,49,63,064

    Number of polling booths: 17,042

    Central forces companies deployed for security reasons: 710

  • 14:51 (IST)

    BJP leader Anupam Hazra's car was attacked

    BJP's Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra's car was attacked near the South 24 Parganas district on Sunday. Hazra escaped with minor injuries. "We also rescued our three polling agents.TMC goons were going to carry out rigging at 52 booths. People are eager to vote for BJP, but they (TMC workers) are not allowing people to vote," Hazra told ANI.

  • 14:42 (IST)

    TMC's Basirhat candidate Nusrat Jahan cast her vote

    Actress and Trinamoll Congress' Basirhat candidate Nusrat Jahan cast her vote today. She was recently criticised by a Muslim cleric for visiting various temples during her campaign trail.

  • 14:25 (IST)

    TMC leader got into an argument with security personnel at a polling booth in West Bengal's Bhatpura

  • 14:16 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

    49.79% turnout till 2 pm in Bengal

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 49.31%
    Barasat 53.59%
    Basirhat 54.11%
    Jaynagar 48.64%
    Mathurapur 53.78%
    Diamond Harbour 52.44%
    Jadavpur 48.09%
    Kolkata Dakshin 43.80%
    Kolkata Uttar 43.68%

  • 14:05 (IST)

    Middle class and Muslim community to hold sway over seats

     The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election in West Bengal is half-way concluded in the nine seats that went to polls on Sunday. The voter turnout is the highest among all the states that are voting.

    Reports said that the decisive votes in the West Bengal election will likely be the urban middle class and the Muslim community. The BJP is optimistic about having made inroads into the vote share ofthe "upwardly mobile families", however, the nine seats also include those that are Muslim-dominated, which will also decide the fate of the 111 candidates in the fray for these seats.

    "In Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar, BJP polled 25 percent votes and came in second in 2014. Five years later, the BJP continues to grow, with a large section of the educated middle class being polarised. It remains to be seen how the events of the last few days, especially the violence leading to the violence leading to the vandalising of Ishwar Chandra Vidhyasagar's statue, play out in the vote," a report by The Times of India said.

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Nirmala Sitharama addresses press over poll violence in West Bengal

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the media over the incidents of poll violence in West Bengal and alleged that the Trinamool Congress was responsible for the vandalism and intimidation that has taken place on Sunday. She said that the saffron party has two concerns, which is that voters are being intimidated and not allowed to cast their votes.

    To tackle this, the Union Minister demanded an order for the 100 percent deployment of Central security forces in the state till the Model Code of Conduct is in force, till the results are declared on 23 May.

    CNN-News18 reported several cases of misconduct by allegedly TMC workers, which is in Kolkata Dakhin's Mudiali area, the BJP alleged booth capturing whereas in Jadavpur the saffron party alleged proxy voting.

  • 13:30 (IST)

    BJP to meet EC over poll violence today

    A delegation of the BJP is likely to meet the West Bengal chief electoral officer to raise the issue of violence that has marred the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election in the state, CNN-News18 reported.

    The delegation, which is expected to seek a meeting with the poll panel at 3.30 pm on Sunday, is likely to be led by Bengal BJP leaders Jai Prakash Majumdar and Shishir Bajoria.

    The saffron party is likely to bring up the bomb-related incidents that took place on Sunday and also the attacks carried out allegedly by TMC workers on BJP candidates Nilanjan Roy and Anupam Hazra.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

     

    High polling of 35.24% till 1 pm in Bengal

     

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 36.12%
    Barasat 36.94%
    Basirhat 37.30%
    Jaynagar 34.49%
    Mathurapur 37.43%
    Diamond Harbour 39.19%
    Jadavpur 33.85%
    Kolkata Dakshin 29.63%
    Kolkata Uttar 25.41%

  • 12:57 (IST)

    Dum Dum election voting latest updates

    80-year-old woman carried by son to cast vote

    In West Bengal's Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency, a man carried his 80-year-old mother to polling booth number-242 so that she could cast her vote in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Diamond Harbour election voting latest updates

    Nilanjan Roy's car attacked allegedly by TMC

    The BJP candidate for Diamond Harbour, Nilanjan Roy was allegedly attacked by TMC in the Budge Budge area in the 24 South Parganas district of West Bengal. His convoy was attacked and his car vandalised.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Kolkata Uttar election voting latest updates

    Crude bomb explosion in Girish Park

    A crude bomb explosion took place in the Kolkata Uttar constituency in the Girish Park area, CNN-News18 reported. This is the first incident of a bomb-related incident in Kolkata, whereas at least two incidents of crude-bombs were reported in the Barasat and Basirhat constituencies in the morning.

    Extra personnel of central security forces have been deployed in the city, the report said. The BJP blamed the TMC for the incidents of violence.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    Kolkata Uttar election voting latest updates

    EC to use two EVMs in every booth in Kolkata Uttar constituency

    The Election Commission will on Sunday put to use two Electronic Voting Machines in each booth in the Kolkata North constituency, as the candidature of 21 nominees has surpassed the capacity of a single EVM, a senior official said on Saturday.

    The poll panel has commissioned 2,000 extra EVMs and employed more personnel to man them, he said. "There are 21 candidates in the Kolkata Uttar constituency and the maximum one voting machine can accommodate is 16. This has necessitated two EVMs in each booth," the official told PTI.

     
    The EC had faced a similar situation in Howrah, Malda​ North and Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituencies, too.

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Jadavpur election voting latest updates

    Anupam Hazra rakes up 'covered' faces accusation against TMC

    The BJP candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra, at a polling booth number in the constituency said that female TMC workers "with covered faces" were casting "proxy" votes. "it is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised an objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station," he said.

  • 12:19 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

     

    Bengal sees highest polling at 32.15% till noon

     

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 34.10%
    Barasat 36.94%
    Basirhat 33.96%
    Jaynagar 29.60%
    Mathurapur 34.90%
    Diamond Harbour 34.40%
    Jadavpur 31.59%
    Kolkata Dakshin 27.69%
    Kolkata Uttar 25.41%

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Jadavpur election voting latest updates

    Anpam Hazra alleges TMC workers were planning to carry out EVM 'rigging'

    The BJP candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra, after his car was attacked near 24 South Parganas district said that the TMC "goons" had beaten up a BJP mandal president, driver, and then attacked the car.

    "We also rescued our three polling agents.TMC goons were going to carry out rigging at 52 booths. People are eager to vote for BJP but they are not allowing people to vote," he said.

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Several EVM glitches reported in first five hours of polling

    Multiple incidents of EVM malfunctions were reported as the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election took place across nine constituencies in West Bengal on Sunday, even resulting in voters going back without having cast their votes.

    In Kolkata Dakshin's Thakurpukur Elizabeth School booth, the malfunctioning EVM stalled voting, even though initially voting had taken place for about an hour after the process began at 7 am.

    In the Bankura Lok Sabha constituency's Shaltora Chatarmali booth, repolling took place in the morning on Sunday after voting was cancelled on 12 May. Voting was cancelled because the EVM was vandalised in the sixth phase of polling.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 11:48 (IST)

    First time since Independence, West Bengal likely to have voted on religious lines

    West Bengal is likely to have voted in the ongoing Lok Sabha election based largely on religious polarisation for the first time since 1952, a report said. It is expected that the pattern will continue as the state steps out to vote in the seventh and final phase on Sunday.

    "The alleged discontent with the state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeasement policies with the minorities especially the Muslims, is believed to have played a part," a report by Business Standard said.

  • 11:39 (IST)

    Jadavpur election voting latest updates

    Anupam Hazra's car attacked near 24 South Parganas district

    BJP's Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra's car was attacked near the South 24 Parganas district on Sunday. The car's glass was shattered, however. Hazra escaped with minor injuries. Hazra was travelling with BJP yuva morcha's people and their cars.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Dum Dum election voting latest updates

    Polling officer breaks down after incidents of violence in constituency

    A polling officer broke down into tears at a polling booth in the Dum Dum constituency as incidents of violence were reported across the nine West Bengal seats that went to polls on Sunday, ABP News Hindi reported.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

     

    So far, highest polling in Bengal at 15.56%

     

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 19.12%
    Barasat 14.78%
    Basirhat 17.72%
    Jaynagar 19.46%
    Mathurapur 20.53%
    Diamond Harbour 19.68%
    Jadavpur 22.20%
    Kolkata Dakshin 15.94%
    Kolkata Uttar 12.25%

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Kolkata Dakshin election voting latest updates

    Journalists attacked by alleged TMC workers, one injured

    Amid scattered incidents of violence in WestBengal during the final phase of the Lok Sabha election, journalists were allegedly attacked by TMC workers in the Kolkata Dakshin area. One mediaperson sustained an injury to his head. 

    Input by A Ghose

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Kolkata Dakshin election voting latest updates

    CK Bose argues with polling agents after BJP polling agent allegedly not allowed inside booth

    In the Kolkata Dakshin constituency, the polling agent of the BJP was allegedly not allowed to sit inside the booth no 164. Party candidate CK Bose started arguing with the other polling agents at the booth.

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Mala Roy obstructed from entering polling booth to visit

    The TMC's Kolkata Dakshin candidate Mala Roy was stopped from entering the polling booth to visit. After an argument between her and the security forces in charge of the booth, she was allowed to enter.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Basirhat election voting latest updates

    Voters protest outside Basirhat polling booth

    Voters held a protest outside polling station number 189 in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday. They alleged that TMC workers were not allowing them to cast their vote. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu said, "100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote."

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Barasat election voting latest updates

    BJP-TMC clashes in Barasat

    Poll-day violence in West Bengal continued on the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election on Sunday as bomb-related incidents were reported in Basirhat and clashes between BJP and TMC workers took place in Barasat, CNN-News18 reported.

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Basirhat election voting latest updates

    Violence reported in Basirhat constituency on Sunday

    A bomb-related incident was reported in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on the final phase of the Lok Sabha election on Sunday. The incident was reportedly outside Deganga's booth no 66/67. Allegations are that some unidentified men on a bike hurled minor bombs. As soon as the security forces rushed to the scene, they left the bike and fled.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 10:18 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

     

    14.33% turnout in West Bengal till 10 am

     

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 16.57%
    Barasat 14.78%
    Basirhat 15.67%
    Jaynagar 11.43%
    Mathurapur 15.68%
    Diamond Harbour 13.32%
    Jadavpur 17.11%
    Kolkata Dakshin 12.80%
    Kolkata Uttar 11.08%

  • 10:15 (IST)

    CPM candidate accuses TMC supporters of bullying at Kolkata booth

    At Kolkata's Belgachia Academy School polling station, CPM candidate Kanika Ghosh accused TMC supporters of "bullying". Reportedly, two CPM candidates have been beaten up at the booth and a CPM polling agent was allegedly pushed out of polling booth.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 10:08 (IST)

    TMC compains to EC about Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra

    The TMC has complained to the Election Commission regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath on Saturday, one day before the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election. The Mamata Banerjee-led party alleged that the prime minister's Kedarnath Yatra was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, reports said.

    "Election campaign for the last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last two days. This is a gross violation of model code of conduct," the party's statement said.

  • 10:05 (IST)

    No difference between terrorist organisation and TMC: CK Bose

    CK Bose, who is taking the opportunity to target the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC over the violence in the state, said that there was "no difference" between a terrorist organisation and the Trinamool Congress.

    He was quoted by ANI as saying, "Last night, I was getting calls from my workers from different booths that they have been threatened by TMC's 'jihadi' brigade, that if you sit as booth agents for BJP, you'll be murdered. There's no difference between a terrorist organisation and TMC."

  • 10:02 (IST)

    Mathurapur election voting latest updates

    Bomb blast reported in Mathurapur on Saturday

    A bomb blast was reported in West Bengal's Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituency's Raydighi area on Saturay. West Bengal police are probing the matter.

    Input by A Ghose

  • 09:55 (IST)

    West Bengal voting percentage latest updates

     

    14.22% turnout in West Bengal amid reports of EVM malfunctions

     

    West Bengal Voter Turnout
    Dum Dum 16.57%
    Barasat 14.78%
    Basirhat 15.67%
    Jaynagar 11.43%
    Mathurapur 15.68%
    Diamond Harbour 13.32%
    Jadavpur 17.11%
    Kolkata Dakshin 11.92%
    Kolkata Uttar 11.08%​

West Bengal Lok Sabha Election voting Latest updates: The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election in West Bengal is half-way concluded in the nine seats that went to polls on Sunday. The voter turnout is the highest among all the states that are voting.

Reports said that the decisive votes in the West Bengal election will likely be the urban middle class and the Muslim community. The BJP is optimistic about having made inroads into the vote share ofthe "upwardly mobile families", however, the nine seats also include those that are Muslim-dominated, which will also decide the fate of the 111 candidates in the fray for these seats.

"In Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar, BJP polled 25 percent votes and came in second in 2014. Five years later, the BJP continues to grow, with a large section of the educated middle class being polarised. It remains to be seen how the events of the last few days, especially the violence leading to the violence leading to the vandalising of Ishwar Chandra Vidhyasagar's statue, play out in the vote," a report by The Times of India said.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the media over the incidents of poll violence in West Bengal and alleged that the Trinamool Congress was responsible for the vandalism and intimidation that has taken place on Sunday. She said that the saffron party has two concerns, which is that voters are being intimidated and not allowed to cast their votes.

To tackle this, the Union Minister demanded an order for the 100 percent deployment of Central security forces in the state till the Model Code of Conduct is in force, till the results are declared on 23 May.

CNN-News18 reported several cases of misconduct by allegedly TMC workers, which is in Kolkata Dakhin's Mudiali area, the BJP alleged booth capturing whereas in Jadavpur the saffron party alleged proxy voting.

The voter turnout at 1 pm is 34.33 percent, which is the highest recorded among all the states that have gone to polls in the seventh phase of the election on Sunday. The turnout comes amid reports of scattered incidents of violence and intimidation, with BJP and CPM leaders and candidates blaming the TMC for wrong poll practices.

A crude bomb explosion took place in the Kolkata Uttar constituency in the Girish Park area, CNN-News18 reported. This is the first incident of a bomb-related incident in Kolkata, whereas at least two incidents of crude-bombs were reported in the Barasat and Basirhat constituencies in the morning.

Extra personnel of central security forces have been deployed in the city, the report said. The BJP blamed the TMC for the incidents of violence.

The BJP candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra, at a polling booth number in the constituency said that female TMC workers "with covered faces" were casting "proxy" votes. "it is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised an objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station," he said.

The BJP candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra, after his car was attacked near 24 South Parganas district said that the TMC "goons" had beaten up a BJP mandal president, driver, and then attacked the car.

"We also rescued our three polling agents.TMC goons were going to carry out rigging at 52 booths. People are eager to vote for BJP but they are not allowing people to vote," he said.

West Bengal is likely to have voted in the ongoing Lok Sabha election based largely on religious polarisation for the first time since 1952, a report said. It is expected that the pattern will continue as the state steps out to vote in the seventh and final phase on Sunday.

"The alleged discontent with the state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeasement policies with the minorities especially the Muslims, is believed to have played a part," a report by Business Standard said.

Voters held a protest outside polling station number 189 in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday. They alleged that TMC workers were not allowing them to cast their vote. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu said, "100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote."

A bomb-related incident was reported in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on the final phase of the Lok Sabha election on Sunday. The incident was reportedly outside Deganga's booth no 66/67. Allegations are that some unidentified men on a bike hurled minor bombs. As soon as the security forces rushed to the scene, they left the bike and fled.

The voter turnout in West Bengal till 10 am is 14.33 percent, which is inspite of EVM glitches being reported in multiple constituencies.

Voters and BJP workers have alleged that people are not being allowed to cast their votes at the Bhangar polling booth under the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency. Voters also claim that the TMC is not allowing people to cast votes. Voters claimed that TMC leader Arabul Islam did not allow them to vote.

The BJP's candidate for the Kolkata Dakshin constituency and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's nephew, CK Bose slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence in the state over the election season so far. He also said that the TMC chief engages in "jihadi politics".

"Mamata Banerjee's politics is only jihadi politics today. She only employs criminals in her party, the Trinamool Congress is a congregation of opportunists who have come together to loot the state of West Bengalm" Bose said.

An EVM was replaced by polling officials after a malfunction was reported in the Panihati area of the Dum Dum constituency.

Abhishek Banerjee, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew, criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "bua-bhatija" remark in the election rally on 15 May. Banerjee, who has just cast his vote, sent a defamation notice to the prime minister over the same on Saturday.

Outside the polling booth, as the final phase of the Lok Sabha election, Abhishek said, "Whatever he (PM) said in the (public) meeting on 15 May in Diamond Harbour, he has to substantiate those statements with ample proof and justify what he said. If he fails to do so, I'll sue him in the criminal and defamation cases. I'll drag him to the court and do the needful."

The prime minister had said that the days of the "bua-bhatija" government in the state are numbered, a charge he has often made referring to Mamata and Abhishek.

The BJP's candidate for Kolkata North, Rahul Sinha cast his vote at a polling booth in a school in Jadavpur on Sunday, for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election.

Voting has been delayed in the Kolkata Dakshin constituency, as polling got underway for the final phase of the Lok Sabha election. An EVM glitch was reported in a booth in the City college polling station.

The Kolkata Dakshin Lok Sabha constituency will witness Mala Roy of the TMC battling it out against BJP's Chandra Kumar Bose. The CPM has nominated Nandini Mukherjee and the Congress Mita Chakraborty.

All seats, barring Jadavpur, are set to see a four-cornered fight between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. Congress has decided not to field a candidate in the Jadavpur constituency.

An electorate of 1,49,63,064 will vote in the nine constituencies on Sunday, which will decide the fate of 111 candidates.

Preparations are in place for the seventh and final phase of the general elections in West Bengal, where nine Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls on Sunday.

An electorate of 1,49,63,064 will decide the fate of 111 candidates in these nine seats, Kolkata North and Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Jaynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC). Eight seats, barring Jadavpur, will witness a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front.

The Congress has given the Jadavpur seat a miss. The prime minister held four poll meetings on the last two days of the campaign, while Banerjee took part in several road shows at different places in the metropolis in the run-up to this phase.

The high-voltage campaign for the final phase saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress
leader Sachin Pilot and West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.

 West Bengal Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting Updates: Crude bombs, bricks hurled at TMC leader Madan Mitras car in 24 North Parganas

Representational image. PTI

Shah's roadshow in the city on Tuesday was marred by violence and destruction of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's bust in a college in north Kolkata.

In a first such action in India's electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning in the nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, instead of 6 pm on Friday, in the wake of the violence between the BJP and the TMC during Shah's roadshow.

Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. VVPAT will be also be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC officials said.

Sitting MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is the nephew of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and considered the number two in the party, is seeking re-election from the Diamond Harbour seat, where he is pitted against BJP's Nilanjan Roy. The CPM has nominated Fuad Halim and the Congress Soumya Aich Roy for the seat.

In the Jadavpur seat, TMC's celebrity candidate Mimi Chakraborty will contest against Anupam Hazra of the BJP. The CPM has fielded senior leader Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya.

Basirhat Lok Sabha seat will see another star TMC candidate Nusrat Jahan locking horns with BJP's Sayantan Basu. The Congress has nominated Quazi Abdur Rahim and the Left Front constituent CPI, Pallab Sengupta.

In the Dum Dum seat, the BJP has fielded Samik Bhattacharya against sitting TMC MP Saugata Ray. Left Front major CPM has nominated Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, while the Congress announced the name of Saurav Saha.

TMC MP Kakoli Ghoshdastidar is contesting against BJP's Mrinal Kanti Debnath in Barasat, where the Congress has nominated Subrata Dutta and Left Front Constituent All India Forward Bloc, Haripada Biswas. In the Jaynagar (SC) seat, TMC's Pratima Mondal will contest against Ashok Kandary of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Tapan Mondal and Left Front constituent RSP, Subhas Naskar.

Choudhury Mohan Jatua is the TMC candidate from the Mathurapur (SC) constituency against BJP's Shyama Prasad Halder. The Congress has named Krittibas Sardar and the CPI(M) fielded Sarat Chandra Haldar for the seat.

Kolkata South will witness Mala Roy of the TMC battling it out against BJP's Chandra Kumar Bose. The CPM has nominated Nandini Mukherjee and the Congress Mita Chakraborty.

In Kolkata North, Sudip Bandyopadhyay will contest against Rahul Sinha, the BJP national secretary. The CPI(M) has fielded Kaninika Bose and the Congress, Syed Shahid Imam. A total of 710 companies of central forces are being deployed by the Election Commission to cover 17,042 polling booths to ensure free and fair voting, officials said.

The nine constituencies are spread across the three districts of Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: May 19, 2019 17:37:49 IST