Phase 3 of the West Bengal Election has been started. In the mid-time, several allegations came forward by voters in the Bishnupur area of South 24 Parganas and Baghnan in Howrah. Villagers stated that they were threatened late on Monday against going to polling booths. They claimed that TMC supporters were behind them.
Approximately 35 per cent polling was recorded in West Bengal till 11 am. Polling is moving for 31 seats spread across three districts — 16 in South 24 Parganas (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I). The highest voting has been recorded in Hooghly at 37.26 per cent accompanied by Howrah at 36.97 per cent and South 24 Parganas at 32.44 per cent.
In a video shot at the Bishnupur Assembly segment, shared by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) with the Election Commission, a woman is noticed arguing with a man who is threatening her with her dire consequences if she went to the polling booth to cast her vote. The woman, however, is seen not agreeing to pressure. However, the ECI has investigated a report from local authorities on the issue and the man accused of threatening the woman voter was arrested.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the other hand alleged misuse of Central forces.
“The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party,” Ms. Banerjee said
Pointing out at the BJP Rule, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed that the Central Armed Police Forces tried to threaten TMC supporters “in favour of one party”. The TMC supremo also shared a video of an event in Uluberia in Howrah where the Central forces personnel and locals could be seen arguing.
Events of clashes also erupted between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters in Arambag in West Bengal as voting for the third phase of the Assembly elections is underway in the state.
“In Arandi-1 area here, we’ve minority, SC voters who love Mamata Banerjee. Goons of BJP threatened and tortured women voters last night”, alleged Sujata Mondal, TMC candidate.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a huge rally in Cooch Behar. Modi targeted chief minister Mamata Banerjee for engaging with Muslims to prevent vote division. He said that had it been any BJP leader (appealing for Hindu votes), the Commission would send many notices and media would have written extensively about it. PM Modo said that the TMC’s exit has been confirmed.