Over 71 per cent polling recorded in Bengal civic polls

Over 71 per cent polling was registered in elections to 4 municipal firms in West Bengal on Saturday. Whereas 71.87 per cent voting was registered in Asansol Municipal Company, 71.09 per cent polling was recorded in Bidhannagar Municipal Company. The voting share in Chandannagar Municipal Company was 70.76 whereas Siliguri Municipal Company recorded 73.60 per cent polling. Elections to those 4 municipal firms had been final held in 2015. Elections couldn’t be held in time as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. The counting of votes will likely be performed on February 14.

Nevertheless, Saturday’s civic polls had been marred by remoted incidents of violence. In Asansol’s Jamuria space, the CPM alleged that TMC miscreants fired pictures outdoors polling stations quantity 112 and 114. CPM candidate Dayamoy Bauri stated that TMC miscreants made makes an attempt to seize the polling cubicles however their employees resisted such makes an attempt. “As they might not seize the cubicles, they fired pictures whereas fleeing the world. I congratulate my social gathering employees for placing up a resistance,” stated the CPM candidate.

The TMC, nevertheless, denied such allegations. Native TMC chief Laltu Barik stated, “It’s a baseless allegation. There was a marriage happening close to the polling cubicles. Sound crackers had been burst, and this has been mistaken as gunshots.”

At Burnpur in Asansol, a CPM camp workplace was vandalised allegedly by TMC employees.

Over 71 per cent polling recorded in Bengal civic polls Elections to those 4 municipal firms had been final held in 2015. Elections couldn’t be held in time as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. (Specific Photograph by Partha Paul)

In Asansol, BJP candidate Adarsha Sharma got here beneath an alleged assault from TMC employees. He was seen bleeding from his head. In Bidhannagar, CPM candidate Sukanta Bandyopadhyay additionally got here beneath an identical assault.

In the meantime, Opposition events alleged that the TMC introduced in pretend voters in Bidhannagar and Asansol. In a number of cubicles in Bidhannagar, pretend voters had been noticed standing in queue to forged their votes. In Ward 31, pretend voters had been noticed hiding in the bathroom of a polling sales space. The BJP alleged that the police remained mute spectators whereas their candidates chased out pretend voters.

In Asansol, Chaitali Tiwari, BJP candidate and spouse of former mayor Jitendra Tiwari, was allegedly heckled outdoors a polling sales space. The TMC has denied the allegation and claimed the BJP is making a drama.

The police however issued a discover to BJP chief Jitendra Tiwari and requested him to maintain his armed safety guards outdoors the polling sales space whereas visiting polling stations.

The police detained BJP candidates Subhasish Das and Biswajit Mondal in Siliguri for his or her alleged involvement in creating troubles outdoors polling cubicles.

In the meantime, West Bengal State Election Fee (WBSEC) directed the police to cease the entry of outsiders in Bidhannagar from New City and Beliaghata entry factors. The directive was issued after the ballot panel obtained info that outsiders had been making an attempt to enter Bidhannagar to affect the election.

In line with the state ballot panel, the polling was largely peaceable with one or two incidents of violence being reported.

TMC secretary normal Partha Chatterjee congratulated the folks of 4 civic our bodies for exercising their franchise. “The polling was peaceable. Individuals had been in a position to train their franchise. We thank them for participating within the election,” Chatterjee stated.

The BJP however termed the election as a farce. State BJP president Sukanta Majumdar stated, “This can’t be known as an election. The TMC with the assistance of the police turned it right into a farce. They introduced in pretend voters, attacked our candidates and rigged polling cubicles to win the election. It’s unlucky {that a} free, truthful and peaceable election can’t be held in West Bengal.”

In Bidhannagar, complete 203 candidates are contesting in 41 wards, whereas in Siliguri 200 contestants are in fray in 47 wards. In Siliguri, there are 594 polling stations out of which 89 are delicate.

In Chandannagar, there are 120 candidates for 33 wards, whereas Asansol has 106 wards for which a complete of 431 candidates are contesting. The full variety of polling stations in Asansol is 1,182.

In 2015, Siliguri Municipal Company election was gained by the Left Entrance and Congress alliance, whereas the three different civic our bodies had been gained by the TMC.



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