West Bengal:- The West Bengal Assembly Election of second phase has been completed with largely peaceful on Sunday in Birbhum district amid high security.
The assembly election in West Bengal had been started for 56 seats in seven districts in the second phase — Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Malda and Birbhum.
Congress and CPI(M) leaders has expected a massive achieve in the second phase that 79.70% polling recorded till at 5pm. The BJP leaders have demanded cancellation of elections in all 11 assembly segments of Birbhum, saying use of force and terror.
Birbhum district was in focus for the Election Commission because of TMC district president Anubrata Mondol, who shot to fame for his repeated intimidation of voters, prompting the poll panel to put him under surveillance. Two FIRs were also lodged against him.
Violence was reported from Nanoor, Panrui, Dubrajpur, Hansan and Sainthia in the district. In Lavpur, TMC workers tried to forcibly enter a polling station and cast vote. The presiding officer called in forces that had to resort to lathi-charge when party members frayed with them. Opposition leaders of the Congress, BJP and CPI(M) said that their agents were driven out of the booths.
BJP leaders Babul Supriyo and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made a representation to the EC headquarters in Delhi to cancel the entire polling process in Birbhum. “We have demanded that polls in all 11 assembly seats of Birbhum be cancelled. TMC has unleashed terror in the district. However, in North Bengal, polls have been more or less peaceful,” said Siddharth Nath Singh, BJP national secretary.
CPI (M) leader Ashok Bhattacharya said, “We will emerge victorious despite TMC undertaking terror tactics. Voting took place in festive spirit.”