At least one person was injured in police firing in Bagda (SC) Assembly constituency in North 24 Parganas district. “Three rounds of firing took place in Bagda. One person was injured and another one's injury is being verified,” Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab said.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 caseload of West Bengal, where an eight-phase assembly election is underway, soared to 6,59,927 as the state registered its highest single-day spike of 8,419 fresh infections on Sunday, a health bulletin said.
Though Munshi is new to electoral politics, she belongs to a family with a political pedigree. Her husband Debraj Chakraborty is a councillor in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, and years ago was Purnendu Basu’s assistant.
While Bauria is a model for religious amity, Dhulagarh, the site of a communal clash in 2016, still nurses deep scars. Shaped by their experiences, the voters of Bauria and Dhulagarh have very different expectations of the elections.
Six candidates belonging to the TMC and BJP, including two woman candidates, were attacked during the third phase of voting in West Bengal. Polling was marred by sporadic incidents of violence, with reports of EVMs being seized and allegations of misbehaviour by the Central forces.
Addressing a rally in north Bengal’s Alipurduar district, Mamata Banerjee referred to an incident in Arambagh where TMC candidate Sujata Mondal was attacked near a polling booth, and said she would not be bogged down by such “intimidatory tactics of the BJP”.
Reacting to Shah's tweet, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at a political gathering in Nandigram, said, “But what is the condition of UP and Hathras in particular? Shah is always silent on these issues whenever he goes to Uttar Pradesh or other states where BJP is in power.”
“Apart from some sporadic incidents, the polls in 30 constituencies were conducted peacefully. At least 10 people have been arrested in different incidents,” said Aariz Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal.
Meanwhile, a massive clash erupted in Patashpur in East Midnapore Friday night between the TMC and BJP workers, in which Officer-in-charge of Patashpur police station and a CAPF jawan suffered serious injuries.
As Kanti Ganguly prepares to take on Alok Jaldata of the Trinamool Congress this time in South 24 Parganas’s Raidighi constituency, the stakes are high, with the CPI(M) leader not having won an election in the last 10 years.