This is not the first time that Mamata Banerjee has singled out and accused the ABP group -- dailies Anandabazaar Patrika and The Telegraph, along with Bengali news channel ABP Ananda -- of being partisan.
Though an unprecedented presence of central forces’ personnel prevented any major violence — parties, across the spectrum, remained on tenterhooks. Never before, they claimed, had voters been this “covert”.
The Trinamool congress was caught on a wrong foot on Saturday when party leader Derek O’Brien showed a picture to media persons in which BJP leader Rajnath Singh was seen offering ‘laddu’ to CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat.
Altogether 163 candidates, including 21 women, are in the fray in the 31 seats of West Medinipur, Bankura and Burdwan. Soaring temperatures could affect voting in districts such as Bankurs and Burdwan.