The bypoll was necessitated after Congress MLAs Apurba Sarkar and Abu Taher Khan from Kandi and Naoda seats defected to TMC last year. “There was no major incidents of violence. The polling was peaceful,” said an Election Commission official.
BJP claimed that TMC’s bypoll candidate from the area, Madan Mitra, had triggered violence in the area on Sunday which is still continuing. Reacting to the allegations, Mitra said, “Arjun Singh is trying to create disturbance in the area with the help of the central forces.”
Most of the incidents of violence were reported from South 24 Paraganas district where two BJP workers — Chandal Mondal and Nantu Bera — were allegedly beaten up in Sagar Assembly constituency under Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituency.
“We ordered three non-vegetarian and one vegetarian burger and I had picked up the food from the counter. After eating the non-vegetarian burger, I started having a severe pricking sensation in my throat. As I closely saw the burger, I saw small pieces of glass in it.”
Calling the film a “very motivational” one, Gadkari said: “I am sure it (the film) will inspire the young generation. Modi ji has raised India’s prestige in the world and has delivered corruption-free five years of rule.”
“Elections happen. Someone wins, someone loses. But we hadn’t ever seen, before today, that the Prime Minister, who shoulders the responsibility of the nation, goes to Himalayas, leaving behind his responsibilities in Delhi. Nautanki (drama) happens in politics as well, and we are seeing it,” Pawar said.
Apart from one exit poll, all the others have so far suggested that the BJP-Shiv Sena would not be able to replicate its 2014 performance, when the BJP won 23 seats and Sena 17. One of the exit polls has also suggested that the allies might bag equal number of seats.
Senior Congress leader and All India Congress Committee’s (Maharashtra in-charge) Mallikarjun Kharge, who was present at the meeting, said, “We adopted a unanimous resolution authorising the Congress president to nominate the new CLP leader.”
The owner of a chemical company, in which three employees died of a gas leak on May 12, was arrested by Boisar Police on Sunday. Police said Parimal Shaha, the owner, had allegedly not supplied his staff with any safety gear.