TMC goons have entered my constituency, alleges BJP's Babul Supriyo

Kolkata, May 6: Is West Bengal waiting for another disturbed election phase on Wednesday? The Opposition in the state on Tuesday feared a repetition of the April 30 phase when a wide-scale disturbance was reported from a number of booths across nine constituencies in South Bengal that went to the election. The ruling Trinamool Congress was accused of capturing booths and attacking polling agents of the Opposition parties and voters during the day.

The Election Commission was criticised for the poll violence as it had claimed before the election that it knew the way of holding election in a free and fair manner.

BJP candidate from Asansol Babul Supriyo alleged while speaking to Bengali news channel ABP Ananda on Tuesday that a muscleman from the neighbouring Birbhum district had entered his constituency area along with 400 goons to take control of affairs on May 7. He said that the BJP did not have a strong organisation to monitor each and every booth.

The Oppn is apprehensive about free poll despite the EC's assurance

The Opposition said it was not hopeful about a fair election on Wednesday since only 21 companies of central forces were sent to the state whereas the requirement was 36. It was also charged  that the forces were not allotted in the critical booths, something which was also alleged in the previous phase.

Meanwhile, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutsi said in New Delhi that the poll panel will take all steps to ensure that the polling in the remaining in two phases in West Bengal is fairly held. He said strong measures will be taken if polling agents are intimidated or thrown out of the booths and added that repolling would be held if the allegations about booth rigging are proved.

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