A Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation is planning the meeting West Bengal The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Saturday afternoon to raise ‘some serious concerns’ about the voting going on in the first phase of the Assembly elections.
On Twitter, the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) how the percentage of votes had been halved in five minutes.
“What’s going on, #ECISVEEP ?! Can you explain how the percentage of votes has halved in just 5 minutes ?! Shocking! AITC tweeted.
Following this, TMC MP Derek O’Brien wrote a letter to the EC.
At 9.13am the turnout in AC Kanti South (21 Kan) and Kanthi North (213) was 16.47% and 18.99% respectively, four minutes later at 9.17am the voter turnout dropped to 10.% 0 % And 9:40%. Such discrepancies raise the question of the veracity of the information issued by the EC, “he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party responded to the statement by saying that the TMC was “under pressure”.
“The TMC knows that it is losing and that is why it is saying it all. The TMC should go to the Election Commission for such allegations. The TMC and Mamata Banerjee are under pressure and that is why they are talking like this,” said Dilip Ghosh, state BJP president.
Meanwhile, the turnout in the first phase of polling in West Bengal till 11 am on Saturday was 2.6..61%.
Sporadic incidents of violence have been reported
Incidents of sporadic violence have been reported from several areas of the state leading to early voting.
Hours before polling began today, two security personnel were injured in a bomb attack and shooting at Satsamal village in Argowal gram panchayat in Bhagwanpur assembly constituency in East Midnapore district.
A man was found dead in Begumpur area of Keshiaria in West Midnapore district around 3.30 am, police said.
Samit Das, a BJP candidate from Paschim Midnapore, also accused the TMC of creating unrest in the rural areas of the district.
In the first stage West Bengal election, Purulia and Jhargram districts and Bankura, East Midnapore and West Midnapore districts are going to elect 30 seats under all the assembly constituencies.
In the first phase of voting, the electoral fate of 191 candidates, including 21 women, will be decided. Voting ends at 6 p.m.
The state is now facing a triangular battle with the TMC, the Congress-Left Alliance and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).