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Phase 5: Less violence, but less participation | India News


CALCUTTA: Bengal concluded its fifth phase of voting on Saturday with a marked decrease in voter turnout compared to 2016, especially in constituencies outside of Kolkata, and far fewer incidents of violence than in the fourth phase of the elections.
Turnout figures as of 5pm in the vicinity of Kolkata (Bidhannagar, Rajarhat-New Town, Dum Dum, Baranagar, and Barasat) were much lower compared to 2016 assembly polls. Turnout was estimated overall until 5 pm was 78.3%. The final voter count may still exceed that of the fourth phase
(79.9%), but it is expected to be lower than the average participation in the first three phases, which was around 85%.
The gap between rural and urban voting widened, with the 23 seats spread across Jalpaiguri, Nadia and East Burdwan registering more than 80% of the polls at 5pm. These three districts accounted for most of the 21 reserved seats that went to the polls on Saturday.
Phase 5, during which 45 seats went to the polls, was marked by sporadic incidents of violence, but had little impact on voters. An injury to Kamarhati’s BJP candidate Raju Banerjee when thugs threw rocks at his car, and sporadic clashes in Shantinagar, opposite Kolkata, added to the heat of an election that has seen Trinamool and BJP swap positions throughout. .
In Baranagar, actress and BJP candidate Parno Mittra was beaten up by supporters of the Trinamool Congress while trying to enter booth No. 78 in Alambazar.

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