Over 80 pc voter turnout, violence in second phase polls in W Bengal



Nandigram/ Kolkata: A large voter turnout of more than 80 per cent despite sporadic incidents of violence and allegations of vote fraud on Thursday marked the second phase of West Bengal assembly polls.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also accused central forces deployed in Nandigram constituency, where she is locked in battle with her former lieutenant, Suvendu Adhikari now with the BJP, of helping the saffron party under instructions from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Allegations of booth capturing and partisan behavior prompted the EC to seek a report on an incident in Boyal village where the feisty TMC boss stayed put for more than two hours outside a polling booth following a siege of sorts by BJP supporters.
Banerjee slammed the Election Commission for not taking any action despite lodging 63 complaints and threatened to move court over it. Amongst the complaints were allegations of “booth capturing” and “massive fake voting” in Boyal.
The area saw a face-off between TMC and BJP supporters who gave vent at each other with slogans of “Khela Hobe” and “Jai Shri Ram”. Stones were hurled and abuses traded, prompting the administration to rush a police contingent to the spot.