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Bengal records overall turnout of 82.22 per cent

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CRPF personnel instructs women voters to stand in a queue in Berhampore polling booth. ( Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta ) CRPF personnel instructs women voters to stand in a queue in Berhampore polling booth. ( Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta )

The Lok Sabha poll in West Bengal’s 42 parliamentary constituencies has recorded an overall turnout of 82.22 per cent, higher than 81.41 per cent recorded in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Giving the information, Assistant CEO Amitjyoti Bhattacharya said three presiding officers were removed by the Election Commission for dereliction of duty.

Of them, the presiding officer of a polling booth at Jibantala in Joynagar constituency was removed after a TMC worker Farak Mollah was seen giving proxy votes. Mollah was arrested Tuesday and an FIR was lodged against the presiding officer for dereliction of duty. FIRs were also lodged against two other removed presiding officers, one at Kamduni and the other at Chakdah, both in North 24-Parganas district, for negligence in duty, he said.

Meanwhile, repolling at 11 booths in the state today, which went to polls in the third phase on April 30, was peaceful. “Turnout in the repoll at 11 booths was 83 per cent and there was no report of any untoward incident,” he said. Repolling was held at Bhatar, Arambagh, Jamalpur, Ausgram, Mangalkot, Galsi and Birbhum under Burdwan East, Hooghly and Birbhum parliamentary constituencies. ENS

TMC rules out alignment with BJP

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress, projected to do well in Lok Sabha polls in the 42 constituencies in West Bengal, today ruled out a post-poll alignment with NDA. “The question of supporting such a formation does not arise,” the national spokesperson of TMC Derek O’Brien said when asked whether the party would support NDA, projected in the exit polls to form the government headed by Narendra Modi, if it falls short of majority mark and approached it.

TMC, which secured 19 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal last time when it had an alliance with Congress in 2009, would do ‘much better’ this time when it fought alone, he said. PTI

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