Violence Continues in West Bengal Polls; BJP Leader in a Scuffle

Polling for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls began on Monday with unprecedented security arrangements.

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Polling for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, which will decide the fate of several Trinamool Congress ministers, began on Monday morning with unprecedented security arrangements.

Voters were seen lining up before 12,500 polling stations in 49 seats in North 24 Parganas district, including Bidhan Nagar, and Howrah district as polling began at 7 am.

An estimated 1.08 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 345 candidates, including TMC ministers Amit Mitra, Purnendu Basu, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Bratya Basu, Jyotipriyo Mullick and Aroop Roy to choose from.

Of the total contestants only 40 candidates are women.

Meanwhile, in the wake of reports of violence in the third phase of polling which left at least one CPI-M worker dead, the Election Commission has made unprecedented security arrangements for this phase.

Altogether 90,000 security personnel including central armed forces have been deployed. Special intervention includes patrolling in night and even on river, which is being done for the first time in this elections.

Special focus is being laid on Salt Lake area (Bidhannagar) in the northern part of city, EC officials said.

Even so, reports of violence cropped up. BJP leader Rupa Ganguly was seen pushing a TMC worker outside a polling booth in Howrah

Based on inputs from the electorate, about 5,500 voters have been identified as vulnerable voters who received threats or intimidation from about 1500 trouble mongers.

Around 1,400 of the history-sheeters have been “bound down” by the district authorities.

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