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Over 78 PC turnout in West Bengal elections

Fourth phase of polling was held across 49 constituencies

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 25 2016 3:51PM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2016 8:28PM

Over 78 PC turnout in West Bengal elections

Over 78 percent polling was recorded on Monday in the fourth phase of the West Bengal elections, the Election Commission said in national capital.


"There was 78.05 percent polling till 5 p.m.," Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena told the mediapersons.


The fourth phase of polling was held across 49 constituencies. Over 1.08 crore voters across 12,481 polling stations, including 27 auxiliary booths, were eligible to decide the fate of 345 candidates, including 40 women.   


Earlier in the day, BJP's Roopa Ganguly, who contested from Howrah North, alleged booth-capturing and bogus voting. She also faced angry protests from alleged Trinamool Congress activists.  


"Since morning, I have been getting complaints about intimidation of our voters and assault on our polling agents who have been driven out of the polling booths. Rampant booth-capturing and bogus voting is being indulged in by the Trinamool," said Roopa.   


Her Trinamool rival, retired international cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, denied the charge.   Accusing her of influencing voters and disrupting the poll process, Shukla said a complaint has been filed against her with EC after the actress "forcibly entered the booth and clicked pictures with her mobile camera".    


Poll panel has sought a report from Howrah district officials on the actress turned politician's movements.   


Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Tanmoy Bhattacharya (North Dum Dum) suffered injuries in stone-pelting on his car by alleged Trinamool activists.  After a complaint by him, three people were arrested, said a police officer.  


A total of 672 companies of central forces and 23,000 state police personnel had been deployed to ensure free and fair polls in the two districts in view of past political clashes and poll-related disturbances.