As the second phase of elections began today, violence was witnessed in several places in Bengal.
In one of the instances, a car belonging to a candidate was attacked. Stones were thrown at the car of CPM candidate Mohammad Salim, as he was on way to cast his vote in Patagora of Raigunj constituency. Salim is up against the Congress’s sitting lawmaker Deepa Dasmunsi. Before Deepa Dasmunsi, her husband Priyaranjan Dasmunsi held the seat since 1999.
Besides this incidence, disturbances took place near a booth in the Girpar in the same constituency, where voters blocked the National Highway 34, claiming that unknown miscreants did not allow them to vote, pushing the police to use batonsIn Chopra, which is a Darjeeling seat,Around 200 km away, another group blocked the the National Highway 31, claiming they were not allowed to vote. The police used batons and tear gas, and finally fired in the air to disperse the mob. The Central forces have now arrived in the area.
Polling is taking place on Bengal’s three seats today in the second phase of the elections. Besides Darjeeling and Raiganj, voting is being held also for the Jalpaiguri seat.
The BJP has won the Darjeeling seat twice in a row in 2009 and 2014. The state has so far witnessed around 16.7 per cent polling.
In the second phase, the polling is held in Assam (five seats), Bihar (five seats), Chhattisgarh (three seats), Jammu and Kashmir (two seats), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Manipur (one seat), Odisha (five seats), Tamil Nadu (38 seats), Uttar Pradesh (eight seats), West Bengal (three seats), and Union Territory Puducherry (one seat).