Can a candidate help a voter cast his vote if he is not physically fit enough to do that? The question was raised as Jawaharlal Bagdi,a Trinamool Congress candidate for a gram panchayat at Jhalda in Purulia district,cast the vote on behalf of a voter identified as Sitaram Pathak. As political parties raised a hue and cry since all TV channels showed the video footage,Bagdi defended his act,saying he had done that to help the voter who was in an inebriated condition and his hands were trembling severely. It is now for the State Election Commission to take a call on it.
Mishra heckled by TMC workers
LEADER of the Opposition in the Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra had to face angry Trinamool Congress supporters while coming out of a polling booth at Belda in West Midnapore district after casting his vote. As the Trinamool supporters confronted him alleging that he was fomenting trouble there,the senior CPM leader looked unperturbed and left the place amidst protests and slogan shouting.
Bomb scare at Bandwan
AN abandoned tiffin box at Bandwan in Purulia district triggered panic among the people. The bomb squad of the state police was sent to check the box. As the box was near a polling booth,a large area had to be vacated. People gathered at a safe distance while the bomb squad worked on the box. But an anti-climax awaited as it was discovered that the tiffin box contained nothing but some thin ropes and a plastic sheet.
No vote at Chhatradhar village
RESIDENTS of Amlia village in Lalgarh did not go out to vote. Niyati Mahato,wife of PCAPA chief Chhatradhar Mahato,did not cast her vote. We had earlier declared that we would not cast our votes as there is no reason to vote. Whom should we vote for? The villagers,too,kept themselves away from the voting process, said Niyati (in the picture). She said boycotting the poll is a form of symbolic protest for them. Several local Trinamool Congress leaders came to our village and requested us to take part in the election process. However,the villagers remained firm on their decision. My husband is still in jail and we did not get any help from the ruling party, added Niyati.