Kolkata, April 29: Till 6.30 pm, the overall voter turnout in the eighth phase of Bengal Assembly election was 76.07 percent on Thursday. Like all the other phases, the final phase of the Bengal polls wasn’t without violence. Incidents of violence were reported from various parts of Malda, Murshidabad, Birbhum, and north Kolkata. On Thursday, the fate of 285 candidates will be decided across 35 constituencies.
Violence in eighth phase of Bengal assembly election
Clashes broke out in the eighth phase of Bengal Assembly election between members of two political parties in Birbhum district’s Ilambazar area.
Reportedly, BJP’s Bolpur candidate Anirban Ganguly came under attack. Both the members of the political groups broke into a clash and started hitting each other with bamboo sticks, which reportedly left two people injured.
In Kolkata’s Maniktala constituency, BJP candidate Kalyan Choubey was gheraoed by a group of people when he visited the polling booth.
“Our polling agent was sitting inside when a 50-year-old woman came to vote instead of a 31-year-old woman. When the agent objected, she was scolded. This is hooliganism of TMC,” Choubey told ANI.
Voting in eighth phase of Bengal Assembly election wearing PPE suit
In a rare sight, TMC MP Dr Santanu Sen was seen wearing the PPE kit and cast his vote in Belgachia in North Kolkata in eighth phase of Bengal assembly election.
Sen had tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore, he cast his vote in a PPE suit at Belgachia in North Kolkata.
Bengal Governor, Mithun Chakraborty exercise their franchise
Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty and BJP star campaigner cast his vote at a polling booth in Kashipur-Belgachia area of North Kolkata on Thursday in the last phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal. He also said that he never voted so peacefully before and congratulated the central forces.
Meanwhile, Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and his wife Sudesh Dhankhar cast their vote at a polling booth in Kolkata’s Chowringhee. “Participated by voting in the most significant festival that powers, sustains and blossoms democracy. Democracy flourishes only on vote power and every vote matters. All eligible must positively vote,” the Governor tweeted.
He also congratulated the people of Bengal for voting in Covid-19 crisis.
“Congratulations to the people of the State for highly enthusiastic participation in voting phased out over a month. Greatly appreciate overwhelming voting in trying and challenging times. It is exemplary testimony to resoluteness of people to sustain and blossoms democracy,” he tweeted.