Home Politics Mamata accuses misuse of central forces, 77.68 % voter turnout in third...

Mamata accuses misuse of central forces, 77.68 % voter turnout in third phase of Assembly election in Bengal

Violence and counter allegations marred the third phase of Assembly elections in Bengal. As many as 78,564,74 voters in 31 Assembly constituencies spread across three districts — South 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah — went to polls on Tuesday.

Kolkata, April 6, 2021: On the third phase of Assembly election in Bengal on Tuesday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee complained of ‘blatant’ misuse of Central forces. As many as 78,564,74 voters in 31 Assembly constituencies spread across three districts — South 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah — went to polls on Tuesday.

Voter turnout 77.68 % in third phase of Assembly election in Bengal

As of 5:30 pm, according to the Election Commission voter turnout app, the state recorded a voter turnout of 77.68 percent in the third phase of Assembly election in Bengal.

bengal-poll-ut
Image: Twitter

highest turnout till 12 noon at 37.39 per cent, followed by Howrah district where 37.04 per cent polling was recorded in seven constituencies.

Long queues of voters, especially women, were seen at most of the polling stations. So far, voting has been peaceful barring a few instances of allegations and counter allegations between the Trinamool and the BJP.

Mamata accuses of misusing central forces in third phase of assembly election in Bengal

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee complained of blatant misuse of Central forces in the third phase of polling.

third-phase-of-bengal-poll-ut
Imae: Utkal Today

“The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party,” she tweeted.

In total, 205 candidates, including 13 females, from different political parties are in the fray in the third phase of polling. Prominent candidates among them are BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, TMC minister Ashima Patra and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly.

Violence and counter allegations

There were complaints of violence and voter intimidation both from the Trinamool and BJP camp. Trinamool claimed that their candidate from Arambagh, Sujata Mondal, was chased by BJP ‘goons’ at Hooghly’s Arandi 1 gram panchayat.

 TMC Block President Palash Roy’s car was allegedly vandalised by BJP workers in Gourhati’s Arambagh.

mcms-ut
Image: Press Journal

Sujata happens to be the wife of BJP leader Saumitra Khan and had joined the Trinamool recently. The ruling party also alleged that their candidate from Khanakul in Hooghly, Munshi Najbul Karim, was beaten up by BJP supporters. The party is likely to lodge a complaint with the EC on Tuesday afternoon.

Also read: Three women district magistrates to conduct 3rd Phase of Bengal polls

Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Election Commission suspended a sector officer after three EVMs and four VVPAT machines were found at Trinamool leader Goutam Ghosh’s residence. According to reports, sector officer Tapan Sarkar, who was in-charge of Sector 17 in the Uluberia seat, had spent the night at a relative’s house who happened to be Goutam Ghosh. The EVMs and VVPAT machines with Sarkar were part of the reserve stock. The commission has said that these EVMs won’t be used for voting on Tuesday.

A booth-level worker of the Trinamool Congress died on Tuesday after he was allegedly pushed at a polling booth during an altercation with some BJP workers in Goghat village in Hooghly district of West Bengal.

The BJP, however, denied the allegation. The deceased was identified as Sunil Roy.

This was the second death reported in the village in the election-related violence.

Earlier in the day, Adhabi Adak, the mother of a BJP worker died after she was attacked by unidentified assailants.

With inputs from agencies

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Solve : *
17 + 22 =


Most Popular

Sanjita Mohapatra of Odisha secures the 10th rank in UPSC

Sanjita Mohapatra of Odisha made the state proud by winning laurels by securing the 10th rank in the prestigious Union Public Service...

Ratha Jatra- The Festival that the entire universe celebrates

 ‘Jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me’ (May it be so that Lord Jagannath be the object of my vision.)

Ganesh Chaturthi: Celebrating the God of wisdom

Ganesh Chaturthi is a time to pray to the Lord who is known to be the remover of all obstacles from our...

Engineer’s Day: Marking the birth anniversary of M. Visvesvaraya

Every other home in India has an engineer, producing the largest percentage of engineers in the world. If engineering was a religion,...

Recent Comments