Ruckus in Bengal’s Keshpur as BJP polling agent thrashed; party leader’s car vandalised

 Ruckus in Bengal’s Keshpur as BJP polling agent thrashed; party leader’s car vandalised

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Former cop and BJP candidate for Debra constituency Bharati Ghosh alleged that her polling agent was not being allowed to enter a booth in Nowpara area by Trinamool goons

NANDIGRAM

Polling began at 7 am on Thursday for 30 constituencies, including the high-profile Nandigram seat, in the second phase of the West Bengal assembly elections amid tight security, officials said. Voting is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in nine seats each in Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts, eight in Bankura and four in South 24 Parganas.

Long queues were seen outside polling stations, where voting will continue till 6.30 pm. More than 75 lakh voters will decide the fate of 191 candidates in 30 constituencies, as eyes are set on Nandigram where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against her former lieutenant and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari.
The TMC and BJP are contesting in all the 30 seats, while the CPI(M) is in the fray in 15 and its alliance partners in the Sanjukta Morcha, the Congress and ISF, are competing in 13 and two seats respectively. Nandigram, the agrarian constituency that falls in Purba Medinipur district, shook the mighty Left regime during the anti-land acquisition movement in 2007. However, this time it will see a prestige battle between Banerjee and Adhikari, once a key member in the Trinamool and state Cabinet.
Of the 30 seats which will see voting on Thursday, 23 were won by the TMC in the 2016 assembly elections, five by the Left Front and one each by the Congress and BJP.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP made massive inroads in the tribal-dominated Jangal Mahal region and Medinipur belt by sweeping all the five seats. Along with Bengal, polling began at Assam for 39 seats in the second phase. The fate of 345 candidates, including 26 women, is being decided by over 73.44 lakh voters in this phase. Among those contesting the elections in this phase are five ministers and the deputy speaker of the outgoing House.

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