Assembly polls: Phase 2 voting ends amid violence, Mamata’s ‘dharna’ in Bengal; high woman turnout in Assam

More than 1 crore folks voted to elect candidates throughout 30 seats in Bengal and 39 seats in Assam respectively because the second section of voting in the 2021 Assembly elections occurred on Thursday.

While remaining numbers are awaited, Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 80.43 per cent until 6 pm, 73.03 per cent of individuals forged their vote in Assam on Thursday.

Voting was performed in each states amid heavy safety cowl in addition to Covid-19 restrictions. The train went peacefully in Assam however tensions flared in Bengal, which not solely noticed incidents of violence but in addition an enraged CM Mamata Banerjee accuse the Election Commission of favouring the BJP.

Here is all it’s essential learn about Phase 2 of voting in Assam and Bengal:

SPORADIC CLASHES IN BENGAL, TENSIONS HIGH IN NANDIGRAM

In Bengal, 80.43 per cent of individuals voted to seal the destiny of 191 candidates throughout 30 constituencies. While Bankura recorded the best turnout at 82.78 per cent, Purba Medinipur the place the high-profile Nandigram seat is situated noticed 81.23 per cent voting.

Sporadic violence and minor clashes have been reported from varied constituencies in West Bengal, together with Nandigram, the place chief minister Mamata Banerjee is locked in a high- stakes electoral battle along with her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari now with the BJP. The total Nandigram constituency has been positioned below Section 144 to keep away from any untoward incident.

Suvendu Adhikari’s convoy was allegedly attacked with stones at two locations whereas visiting cubicles in the Nandigram meeting constituency. His motorcade was additionally gheraoed as TMC supporters shouted slogans in opposition to the BJP chief. Media personnel have been additionally damage in the assault.

The Keshpur village in Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur remained tense all through the day after the homicide of a TMC employee final night and later the assault on BJP’s polling agent Tanmoy Ghosh whose automotive was vandalised.

A woman polling agent was additionally allegedly overwhelmed up.

In Debra, a ruckus broke out at a polling sales space as locals claimed that the BJP candidate Bharti Ghosh had called people from outside and was bribing them to vote for her. Police detained BJP Debra Mandal president Mohan Singh.

MAMATA CAMPS AT BOOTH, ACCUSES EC OF BIAS

Meanwhile, native TMC leaders complained that their election brokers weren’t being allowed to enter cubicles in Nandigram. After the grievance, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited a number of cubicles at Sonachura, Reyapara, Balarampur, Boyal, Nandigram block 1 and 2.

In the Boyal space in Nandigram, villagers alleged that BJP supporters stopped them from going to polling booths. As quickly as Mamata Banerjee reached Boyal, BJP supporters chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans.

Supporters of the 2 events then indulged in violence, as TMC leaders demanded re-polling in sales space quantity 7.

The Election Commission sought an in depth report from the administration in reference to an incident of violence in the Boyal space.

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An agitated Mamata Banerjee stayed put for greater than two hours exterior a polling sales space following a siege of types by BJP supporters and slammed the Election Commission for not taking any motion regardless of lodging a number of complaints and threatened to maneuver court docket over it. Amongst the complaints have been allegations of “booth capturing” and big faux voting in Boyal.

“We have lodged 63 complaints since morning. But not a single action has been taken. We will move court over it. This is unacceptable. The EC is working as per Amit Shah’s instructions,” she mentioned whereas sitting exterior sales space quantity 7 in Boyal in Nandigram.

MAMATA DIALS BENGAL GOVERNOR, ASKS AMIT SHAH TO ‘CONTROL GOONS’

Mamata Banerjee also rang up the West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to complain in regards to the state of affairs.

Dhankar tweeted quickly afterwards to state “Issues flagged @MamataOfficial a while ago on phone have been imparted (sic) to the concerned.

“Yes, I have spoken to the Governor and an EC special observer. I cannot reveal what all I discussed with them,” Mamata Banerjee advised reporters after popping out of the polling station.

She additionally requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to “control the BJP goons” and alleged he “was instructing central forces.”

“This is shameful. The people will give them a befitting reply. The way even women journalists have been heckled is disgraceful,” she mentioned.

Her challenger Suvendu Adhikari claimed that Mamata Banerjee is insulting the voters of Nandigram. “It has become her habit to insult people of Nandigram. Earlier, she was injured in an accident, she blamed the locals. The people of Nandigram will not forget this insult,” he mentioned.

He later additionally visited Booth no. 7 in Nandigram’s Boyal.

PM MODI LAUNCHES ATTACK ON DIDI

Meanwhile, PM Modi addressed a rally in Bengal’s Joynagar and hit again on the TMC for calling his Bangladesh journey unethical and violative of the mannequin code of conduct for elections and defended his visits to temples there.

“I don’t believe in showing seasonal faith (shraddha). We always take pride in our faith and tradition,” he asserted.

Mamata Banerjee questioned how PM Modi was allowed to marketing campaign in Bengal on voting days.

At his rally, PM Modi additionally claimed that Mamata Banerjee will now be submitting her nomination from a second seat. Top TMC sources, however, dismissed the speculation and mentioned that there is no such thing as a query of the CM combating from one other seat.

MINOR EVM GLITCHES BUT VOTING PEACEFUL IN ASSAM

The state of affairs in Assam was largely peaceable with a major variety of voters turning up all through the day to train their franchise in the 39 seats the place voting was underway in the second section on Thursday.

There have been studies of EVM glitches from some polling stations and upon their speedy substitute voting continued uninterrupted, an election official mentioned.

However, no less than two folks have been injured in a conflict between the supporters of BJP and AIUDF in the Sonai constituency in the Cachar district. Police have been compelled to fireplace in the air to disperse the mob. The state of affairs continues to be tense in the area and extra safety personnel have been rushed to the spot.

Long queues have been seen exterior many of the 10,592 polling stations throughout the 13 districts in the Barak Valley, the Hill area and elements of Central and Lower Assam since early morning.

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At most locations, voters have been discovered carrying masks and sustaining social distance as they stood contained in the rings drawn at six toes distance exterior the polling stations.

Besides, they have been examined with thermal scanners for physique temperature, supplied with sanitisers and disposable plastic gloves earlier than they went into the polling sales space to forged their vote.

E-rickshaws have been made obtainable to ferry senior residents in the Cachar district, and so they have been additionally felicitated for his or her will to vote.

The destiny of 345 candidates together with 26 feminine candidates together with 5 ministers of the Sarbananda Sonowal cupboard are contesting Parimal Suklabaidya (Dholai), Pijush Hazarika (Jagiroad), Bhabesh Kalita (Rangia), Sum Ronghang (Diphu), Rihon Daimary (Udalguri) and several other sitting MLAs have now been locked in Assam.

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