The third phase of voting in the West Bengal Assembly Election ended in Tuesday’s sporadic violence.
Photo: Long line of voters for voting.
The third phase of voting in the West Bengal Assembly Election ended in Tuesday’s sporadic violence. During the polling to be held from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm, the fate of 205 voters has been captured in EVMs. Till 6 pm, the average voter turnout was 77.68%. Hooghly recorded the highest turnout of 79.29%, Howrah 77.92% and South 24 Parganas 76.74%. During the voting, four people were arrested in the case of violence in Khanakul, 5 in the case of violence in Arambagh and two in the case of violence in Ulbhediya.
The third phase of voting was held in 31 seats in three districts of South 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah, which are considered to be strongholds of Trinamool Congress. The fate of the candidates will be decided in 16 seats of South 24 Parganas, eight seats in Hooghly and 7 seats in Howrah.
Election Commission removed eight returning officers
Even before the commencement of polling on Tuesday morning, the EVMs and VVPads from the TMC leader’s house got heated up and eventually the Election Commission took strict action and the Sector Officer and the Sector Police Officer were suspended. During the voting, the Diamond Harbor assembly constituency of South 24 Parganas, Arambagh Assembly remained in the limelight. The Election Commission has removed 8 returning officers from Kolkata and South Kolkata.
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Sporadic violence continued throughout the day
In South 24 Parganas, BJP candidate Deepak Haldar alleged that TMC goons are not letting them vote. In Arambagh, TMC candidate Sujatha Mandal was accused of running her with sticks, while Mamata Banerjee again accused the Central Corps of bias. Padma Bhushan Swapna Dasgupta, who is contesting from Tarakeswar seat, also made headlines. His car was attacked, while Dr Nirmal Majhi of Trinamool in Ulberia North had to run away wearing a helmet to avoid the protest.
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