West Bengal Elections: Street Violence Marks First Half of Seventh Phase, Election Turnout 37% As of 11am | India News
CALCUTTA: On Monday street incidents of violence were reported in some areas where voting for the seventh phase of the assembly elections in west bengalAlthough the overall voting process has been peaceful with 37.02 percent turnout as of 11 a.m., officials said.
Long lines were seen outside most of the polls where voting is taking place, adhering to Covid protocols, they said.
Voting takes place in 12,068 polling stations spread over nine assembly constituencies, each in Murshidabad and Paschim Bardhaman districts, six in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda, and four in Kolkata, including the Chief Minister Mamata banerjeethe homeland of Bhabanipur.
“Until 11 a.m., a voter turnout of 37.72 percent was recorded. So far, the elections have been peaceful,” a Electoral Commission the official said.
Some fighting incidents were reported in the Asansol area, where TMC candidate Sayoni Ghosh claimed that BJP activists tried to block booths in her constituency.
The accusation was dismissed as unfounded by the BJP candidate. Agnimitra Paul, who stated, “Ghosh is making excuses by feeling defeat.”
Meanwhile, there was a commotion in the Rash Behari constituency after the BJP candidate’s agent, Lieutenant General (Retired) Subrata Saha, was accused of sexually abusing female voters inside a voting booth, police said.
Mohan Rao was detained after several voters claimed he tried to drag them by holding their hands inside the Bidya Bharati school, a police officer said.
Rao, however, denied the allegations and said that no such incident had occurred.
“We have received a complaint about it and it is being investigated,” said the officer.
In the constituency of Jamuria, Front left Candidate Aishe Ghosh alleged that TMC workers prevented her party agents from entering the booth, a charge denied by the ruling party.
Voting will continue until 6.30 pm.