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Bengal Records Good Turnout in Third Phase Polls

Bengal Records Good Turnout in Third Phase Polls

Majority of the complaints came from the opposition parties in North Kolkata and Bardhaman districts.

Election Commission officials received 2,777 complaints, including those of violence, voter intimidation and disruption of the poll process.

"We think there should be repoll in 15 polling booths of Domkal constituency", said Mishra, whose demand was seconded by state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, as per IANS.

This follows violence in West Bengal where despite massive security arrangements a Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker was killed after a crude bomb was allegedly hurled by a Trinamool Congress (TMC) worker in Jitpur village in Murshidabad district.

Reports from Burdwan district said four persons were injured in separate incidents in polling booths under Ketugram Assembly constituency.

Similarly for every mobile unit of central forces, one state police person will be assisting them in travel. "The turnout in Murshidabad was 58.06 percent, Nadia 60.07 percent, Burdwan 58.74 percent and Kolkata 44.14 percent", an EC official said.

Preventive arrests were also made in Phoolbagan, Entally and Jorabagan areas of Kolkata.

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While CPI(M) alleged that Trinamool Congress supporters were involved in the incident, the latter denied the charge. Booth-capturing and voter intimidation also took place in several areas.

A total of 1,37,13,594 voters, including 65,79,331 females, are registered to vote at these constituencies through 16,461 polling stations from 7 AM to 6 PM.

An ex-MP, Manan Hussian who was earlier with Congress and is now with the ruling Trinamool Congress, was found violating the model code as he was present in a constituency of which he is not a member.

The Left Front-Congress alliance is also in the fray for all the 62 constituencies.

Key candidates whose fate will be sealed today include Trinamool ministers Shashi Panja and Sadhan Pande, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha, five-time Congress MLA Md Sohrab, CPI-M MLA Anisur Rahman and retired IPS officer Nazrul Islam.

Polling under the first phase was held on two days, on April 4 and 11.


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