There are eight constituencies voting in Bengal on Monday and they happen to be the most violence-prone belt of the state.
Defeats suffered by the ruling party in three recent state elections has raised Congress hopes that it can eat into the government's majority. The incident took a violent turn when Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters clashed with each other. Meanwhile TMC has filed a written complaint against Babul Supriyo and alleges that the BJP MP from Asansol misbehaved with TMC polling agent in Jemua. With this round, polling has been completed in 374 seats out of 543. On Monday morning, a scuffle was reported between villagers and police officials near polling station in Asansol, West Bengal. The Congress claimed that the rally in Sagar could influence polling in the adjoining Damoh seat.
During 2018 panchayat polls, Derek O'Brien tweeted the number of deaths in previous elections to show Trinamool's rule was better. The subsequent phases of polling will be held on May 6, 12 and 19.
"I am more or less happy with the election", said Naik. We will be demanding repolls in several polling stations.
Many celebrities from the entertainment industry turned out to vote on Monday. Actors Priyanka Chopra, Rekha, Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao were among the early voters.
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According to media reports, local complained about the failure in electronic voting machines in Bengal, Mumba, and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. A delegation of the BJP met the EC in this regard. This was the highest voter turnout amongst all the States which went to polls on Monday. Supriyo's auto was also vandalized. "When I entered the booth, I caught the Presiding Officer standing right behind the EVM". The sector magistrate removed the officer and handed him over to the police. Asked about the pre-poll communal violence in the area and whether she had spoken to the victims, Sen said, "I haven't".
Reports of booth capturing and intimidating voters were reported from at least three booths in Birbhum district's Rampurhat and at Ketugram in East Burdwan.
The state could prove to be something of a bellwether, with the opposition Congress Party hoping to capitalize on its success during the 2018 state elections. "This section invites six months in jail or a INR 1,000 fine or both".
"Deviant behaviour and lodging a complaint which is an essential ingredient in a continuous exercise for improving the electoral process", said the petitioner.