Kolkata, April 1: After the phase 2 polls in West Bengal, which saw a voter turnout of 80.43 per cent till 5.30 pm, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she is not worried about winning in her constituency Nandigram. She is worried about democracy.
Nandigram remained the hot-bed of attention in phase 2 polls
On Thursday, when Bengal went to polls in the phase 2, the stakes were high as Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was contesting in Nandigram against his teammate-turned-rival BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. But then, around 1 pm Mamata left her rented home from Nandigram’s Reyapara after hearing complaints of booth rigging. Her first stop was Boyal.
As soon as the chief minister reached Boyal, clashes broke out between TMC and BJP. The BJP party members raised Jai Shri Ram slogans.
For nearly two hours, Mamata had to stay inside the counting booth as the police and RAF tried to bring situation under control.
“I am not worried about Nandigram, I am confident of victory. But I am worried about democracy,” Mamata said after coming out of the counting booth in Boyal. She also displayed the ‘V’ for victory sign.
Mamata dials Governor in Nandigram
When Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was at a polling booth in Boyal in Nandigram on Thursday, she dialed Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to narrate the situation.
According to her, there have been rampant complaints of booth rigging from Boyal. She also accused the Central forces who have been deployed in Nandigram on working on Union Minister Amit Shah’s instructions.
“We have already lodged 63 complaints with Election Commission. I am not worried about Nandigram, but I am worried about democracy. I will win Nandigram with the blessings of ‘Maa Maati Manush,” she said.
Mamata also said that even if the Election Commission helps BJP, 90 per cent of the votes will come to TMC.
Suvendu Adhikari visits Boyal
BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, who is contesting from Nandigram constituency, arrived at Boyal Moktab Primary School polling station in Boyal where Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had visited earlier.
Adhikari sounded confident of his victory. He said Mamata does not have any support and she has lost the polls. Adhikari also accused the CM of stalling the voting process for two hours at Boyal. “Around 90% of voting has happened in Nandigram but it is only 78% at this booth. Voting is going on peacefully here,” said the TMC turncoat leader.
In the meantime, the convoy of Adhikari was attacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers in Nandigram on Thursday morning. Chandipur TMC candidate Soham Chakraborty’s vehicle has been damaged allegedly by BJP workers.
BJP candidate from Keshpur constitiuency Tanmay Ghosh’s car was vandalized allegedly by supporters of TMC. Three people have been arrested in the incident.