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West Bengal polls live: Violence mars elections as Babul Supriyo heckled in Kolkata

People lined up outside the polling booths, as voting began at 7 am for the third phase of West Bengal Assembly polls involving 62 seats

Anshu Lal April 21, 2016 17:48:01 IST
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West Bengal polls live: Violence mars elections as Babul Supriyo heckled in Kolkata

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13:53 (ist)

Violence dominates phase 3

TMC leader Anwar Khan, who was caught inciting party workers in Cossipore constituency of Kolkata early on Thursday, is absconding after the Election Commission ordered his arrest. Khan, a local tough jailed for various criminal acts, was recently released on bail. Following EC's orders, Kolkata police officers raided his house but failed to trace him, following which he has been declared as a 'fugitive'. Questions have been raised against Kolkata Police's role because Khan, a known troublemaker, was ordered by EC to be under round-the-clock surveillance.
In another incident, Rahul Sinha, BJP national secretary and party's candidate from Jorasanko constituency, has alleged that TMC workers have threatened and prevented BJP polling agents from entering Victoria College booth in Rajabazar area of the city. Sinha has called for deployment of more central forces, reports local TV channels.
Reports of violence, meanwhile, have emerged from different parts of Bengal. In Chakdah, two CPM workers were violently beaten up. In Burdwan's Ketugram constituency, four persons were injured in separate incidents. Following reports of the slashing of the ear of a CPM worker, more details have emerged of firing and bombings in different parts of the area. Two more CPM workers and one TMC activist have been injured in the clashes.
In Nadia's Gayeshpur, TMC workers allegedly singled out voters who have attended CPM and Congress rallies and have threatened them with dire consequences if they try to cast their votes, reports ETV News Bangla.
In Mangalkote constituency of Burdwan district, central forces have launched a door-to-door campaign, requesting voters to cast their votes after villagers reported incidents of intimidation. In Sinuth village of the same constituency, two were injured when clashes broke out between local CPM and TMC activists. The injured have been admitted to Katwa sub-divisional hospital, report local TV channels.

Sreemoy Talukdar, Senior Editor, Firstpost

15:05 (ist)

Congress committed to 'Make in Assam': Rahul

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said his party is committed to 'Make in Assam' initiative to provide employment to more than 10 lakh youths.

"Our party is committed to the welfare and development of the poor and the Congress government led by Tarun Gogoi was committed to 'Make in Assam' to provide employment to the youth of the state," Gandhi said at an election rally in Goalpara.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks of 'Make in India' but for us the development of Assam and its youth are priority and we have been doing it for the last 15 years.

"If you recall the situation in 2001 before the Congress came to power, there was violence and killings all over the state. The Congress with its policy of love and compassion brought about a change to ensure development of the local people," he added.

It was the Congress that brought peace and started the development process in the state leading to a rise in the per capita income, constructing more than 24,000 kms of roads, setting up three new medical colleges and providing scholarships to more than seven lakh students in the state, he said.

"We don't make false promises like Modi did before the last Lok Sabha elections but we toil hard by giving our blood and sweat to improve the condition of the poor in the country," Gandhi said.

Gandhi said that if the Congress returns to power, it will continue with this development process and ensure more jobs to the youth of Assam, employment to two lakh teachers, scholarships to children of poor families for preparing for civil services, and address the problems faced by farmers by ensuring that they get proper price and market for their products.

"I have also asked Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to provide free medical help in state-of-the-art government hospitals to those having annual income below Rs 2.5 lakh," he said.

He said the Congress cares for the security of the poor and is "not like BJP which is only interested in creating division in the society, guided as they are by RSS ideology from Nagpur".

He also alleged that the BJP government at the Centre was serving the rich and was only committed to further the interests of a few industrialists.

"Vijay Mallya looted thousands of crores and the BJP government allowed him to leave the country. The Prime Minister says something and does something else," he said.

Modi had promised before the Lok Sabha polls that he would "ensure return of black money and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of all citizens but now he is trying to turn black money into white by his 'Fair and Lovely' scheme", Gandhi said, referring to an amnesty scheme announced in this year's Union Budget. - PTI

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Apr 21, 2016 - 19:30 (IST)

Apr 21, 2016 - 19:05 (IST)

Polling ends in Bengal polls third phase

Amid allegations of widespread violence including the death of a Marxist activist, polling came to end for the third phase of the West Bengal assembly polls in 62 seats spread across four districts on Thursday.

However, there were still many people in the queues outside polling booths in a large majority of the areas at 6 pm. - the scheduled time for close.

The constituencies that went to polls included 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata.

As per the Election Commission, over 67 per cent turnout was recorded till 3 pm.

Tahidul Islam, a CPM activist was allegedly killed after being "attacked with bombs by Trinamool Congress goons near a polling booth in Domkal in Murshidabad district.

The administration, however, claimed Islam did not "die in any clash or bomb blast" but was murdered by unknown assailants and the body thrown near the booth. 

IANS

Apr 21, 2016 - 18:47 (IST)

Heatwave claims life of poll officer in Bengal

Heatwave claimed the life of a booth-level officer maintaining the queue outside a polling station in Burdwan district of West Bengal, where the third phase of assembly election was held today.


Rabindranath Ghosh (40), involved in queue information system at booth number 65 in Mangalkot constituency died after suffering a sunstroke as he was standing for long hours, EC officials said.


Burdwan district is reeling under a heatwave and Asansol town recorded a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius during the day, IMD official said

PTI

Apr 21, 2016 - 17:27 (IST)
 
TMC workers were drunk, claims Babul Supriyo
 
Sreemoy Talukdar of Firstpost writes-
 
BJP MP Babul Supriyo chased down a few troublemakers in filmi style who had tried to heckle him while casting his vote. Minister of state for urban development, Babul had arrived at the Arya Kanya Vidyalaya booth under Jorasanko constituency with his parents to cast his vote when some alleged Trinamool Congress miscreants gheraoed and started heckling him.
 
The actor-turned politician was then seen chasing down the hecklers as police and para-military personnel failed to keep pace with him.
 
"TMC workers had started abusing and heckling me when I arrived. They are drunk and not in their senses. I managed to chase down and catch one and handed him over to the police," Babul was quoted as saying in 24 Ghanta.

Apr 21, 2016 - 17:17 (IST)

Babul Supriya heckled

Union Minister Babul Supriyo was heckled at a poll booth in Jorasanko seat in West Bengal

Apr 21, 2016 - 16:51 (IST)
College professor fractures hands after attack by TMC activists
 
Sreemoy Talukdar of Firstpost writes-
 
About 2000 complaints have ben lodged with the Election Commission in the third phase of West Bengal Assembly polls so far, the most from Kolkata, amid reports of sporadic violence from other areas of the state.
 
In Kalyani, a professor of Kalna Polytechnic College suffered fractured hands when alleged Trinamool Congress activists attacked him while he tried to cast his vote, reports Kolkata TV.
 
Professor Shibu Das's wife Tultuli was also attacked while the couple stepped out to exercise their democratic right.
 
"Some TMC workers threatened us last night not to step outside during the day of the polling. We still didn't think it'd come to such a pass. Just as we neared the polling booth, some TMC goons attacked us and tried to hit me on the head with bamboo sticks. I tried to save my head and the blows landed on my hands. Both my hands are broken," Professor Das was quoted, as saying by the TV channel. Das's wife said she was also not spared.
 
"They tried to beat me up too but I made a lucky escape," she said. The couple are yet to file a police complaint, however, fearing more attacks.

Apr 21, 2016 - 16:35 (IST)

TMC has unleashed a reign of terror, claims CPM

The CPM has, in very strong terms, reacted to the incidents of violence in the West Bengal elections, and has said that the TMC has unleashed a reign of terror, as reported by PTI.

Apr 21, 2016 - 16:22 (IST)

67.80% voting till 3 p.m

The updated figures for polling during the West Bengal elections have come. According to the latest figures, 67.80% voting has been seen till 3 p..m, ANI has reported.

Apr 21, 2016 - 16:19 (IST)

Violence mars West Bengal elections

A CPI(M) polling agent was killed and four other party workers were injured as incidents of violence today marred polling in 62 seats in the third phase of West Bengal Assembly election which saw 57 per cent turnout till 1 PM.

The body of a 35-year-old CPI(M) polling agent, identified as Tahidur Islam, was found outside a polling booth at Shibapara area of Domkal assembly seat in Murshidabad district.

PTI

Apr 21, 2016 - 15:55 (IST)

57% turnout in first 6 hours

Amid incidents of violence that left one person dead and several others injured, over 57 percent votes were cast in 62 constituencies during the first six hours on Thursday in the third phase of the West Bengal assembly elections.
 

The constituencies that went to polls on Thursday included 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata. Thursday's balloting marked the second and final round of voting in Burdwan, where nine constituencies went to polls on 11 April.

IANS

Kolkata: People lined up in large numbers outside the polling booths, as voting began at 7 am for the third phase of West Bengal Assembly election involving 62 seats spread over four districts on Thursday.

Twenty two constituencies in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia and 16 in Burdwan districts as also seven in north Kolkata are up for grabs. Thursday marks the second and final round of voting in Burdwan, where nine constituencies went to the hustings on 11 April.

West Bengal polls live Violence mars elections as Babul Supriyo heckled in Kolkata

Representational image. AP

Over 1.37 crore (1,37,42,000) voters are eligible to choose their legislators across 16,461 polling stations, including 10 auxiliary booths, from a field of 418 candidates - 34 of them women.

Five years back, in the Assembly polls in the 62 constituencies, then allies Trinamool and Congress had captured 45 seats, with the Trinamool taking 29 and the Congress 16.

Among the Left Front partners, the CPM had won 14, and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, Samajwadi Party and All India Forward Bloc one each.

The ruling Trinamool, and the BJP are contesting in all the seats in this phase.

The Left-Front Congress alliance is also in fray for all the seats. But the Congress nominees are also clashing with those from the Left Front in 11 seats — 10 in Murshidabad and one in Nadia.

In this phase, Ranaghat South in Nadia is the largest constituency electorate-wise, and Ausgram in Burdwan district the biggest in terms of area. Shyampukar constituency in Kolkata (North) has the least number of electors.

Among the major candidates in this phase are state ministers and Trinamool contestants Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Sashi Panja, Sadhan Pandey, Subrata Saha, former state minister and CPM candidates Anisur Rahaman and Debesh Das, Congress legislature party leader Md. Sohrab and former state party president Somendranath Mitra and Ritesh Tiwari from the BJP.

So far, voters in 105 of the total 294 constituencies have exercised their right to franchise on three dates — 4, 11 and 17 April — in the first two phases.

West Bengal is having a staggered six-phase election. Polling for the remaining phases will be held on 25, 30 and 5 May.

With inputs from IANS

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