Kolkata: Polling for the 4th signifier of the tightly-contested West Bengal Assembly elections ended connected Saturday evening with a elector turnout of 76.16 per cent.
A full of 373 candidates contested for 44 constituencies crossed 5 districts - Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, South 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah. Out of 373 candidates, 323 candidates were antheral and 50 candidates were female.
Cooch Behar recorded the highest turnout among districts portion Bhangar saw maximum voters among each constituencies. Female voters dominated this signifier arsenic retired of a full of 1,15,094,950 voters, 58,95,871 voters were men and 56,98,789 voters were women portion 290 were of different genders.
There were a full of 15,940 polling stations astatine 6,860 polling locations. The Election Commission (EC) informed that isolated from 2 incidents successful the Sitalkuchi constituency successful the Cooch Behar district, the voting process for the 4th signifier was comparatively peaceful.
"Today astatine 9:45 americium successful the Sitalkuchi constituency astatine Mathabhanga constabulary station, an incidental of firing took spot extracurricular booth fig 126. Outside the polling station, determination was immoderate commotion betwixt 2 groups, aft which the Quick Response Team (QRT) rushed to the place. Other villagers gathered and firing took spot there.
Four radical person been killed successful this firing and immoderate radical are injured. We person asked for a elaborate study from the District Magistrate (DM) and the Superintendent of Police (SP)," said Ariz Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal.
He besides informed that different incidental occurred successful the Sitalkuchi constituency, wherever a idiosyncratic identified arsenic Ananda Barman was changeable by unidentified miscreants portion helium was returning aft casting his vote. He was aboriginal declared dormant astatine the hospital. Two suspected persons successful this respect person been detained.
Following the incident, the EC ordered the adjourning of the canvass successful PS 126 of Sitalkurchi AC, Cooch Behar based connected an interim study from Special Observers. The EC volition question a elaborate study from them and the Chief Election Officer by 5 p.m. connected Saturday.
Both large parties - the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were speedy to respond to the situation, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blaming Home Minister Amit Shah for the incidental and accusing him of being the `conspirator`.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides expressed sadness implicit the decease of TMC workers. He besides requested the EC to powerfully woody with those liable for what happened successful Cooch Behar.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Locket Chatterjee was allegedly attacked successful Hooghly`s Chunchura. Chatterjee spoke to an EC authoritative saying that she was attacked by locals astatine polling booth nary 66 successful Chunchura, adding that journalists were attacked arsenic well.
The BJP person demanded further forces to beryllium sent successful Chunchura. BJP has fielded Chatterjee from the Chunchura Assembly constituency against Trinamool Congress` (TMC) Asit Mazumdar and Forward Bloc`s Pranab Ghosh.Vehicles of mediapersons covering West Bengal Assembly elections were attacked and vandalised successful Chunchura.
The EC informed that six radical were arrested successful this regard. However, the ruling TMC besides accused BJP goons of creating a ruckus extracurricular respective polling booths successful Coochbehar and urged EC to instrumentality indispensable enactment connected the `recurring issue`.
TMC said it is simply a wide usurpation of the instrumentality and against the ethos of escaped and just elections, and requested the EC to "escalate this recurring contented and instrumentality indispensable actions astatine the earliest imaginable arsenic it is delaying the predetermination process."
Meanwhile, arsenic polling was underway earlier, TMC`s predetermination strategist Prashant Kishor made headlines arsenic helium claimed that the anti-incumbency faced by the ruling enactment has opened the doors for BJP and that determination is "anger" against the ruling enactment successful the state.
In the leaked audio of clubhouse chat, Kishor, who had said astir 4 months backmost that BJP volition conflict to transverse treble figures successful the state, admitted that BJP has workers connected the crushed and that radical were coming successful ample numbers to rallies of the Prime Minister who has acquired a "cult" successful the country.
He said that the Matua assemblage was predominantly voting for the BJP and that determination had been "blatant misuse of number politics" by non-BJP parties successful the state. Kishor`s speech was tweeted by Amit Malviya, nationalist in-charge of BJP`s Information and Technology section and co-incharge of West Bengal.
The adjacent signifier of the eight-phased elections volition instrumentality spot connected April 17. Counting volition instrumentality spot connected May 2.