West Bengal election 2016: Congress and Left Front demand repoll, accuse Trinamool Congress of rigging and booth capturing

West Bengal Polls 2016
West Bengal Polls 2016

People queue up to cast their votes during West Bengal assembly election 2016. (Photo: IANS)

West Bengal election 2016 entered the third phase today. One person was reportedly killed as violence marred the third phase of the Bengal assembly polls. The Congress and the Left Front (LF) on Thursday demanded repoll in 15 polling booths of Domkol constituency in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district, accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in “massive rigging” and booth-capturing there.

West Bengal election 2016: Left response

LF spearhead CPI(M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said there were disturbances in six-seven of the 62 constituencies which went to the hustings in phase three of the West Bengal Assembly polls 2016.

“We think there should be repoll in 15 polling booths of Domkol constituency. One person died and two others were injured in violence perpetrated by the Trinamool Congress in Domkol. In rest of the Murshidabad district, there were no reports of any serious incidents,” he said.

In Nadia district, there were disturbances in the municipal areas of Gayeshpur and Chakdah, he said.

“However, the maximum violence happened in Kolkata, the capital city. Four constituencies including Entally, Beleghta, Kashipur-Belgachia were affected,” he said.

“The trouble erupted in a number of booths. We have registered complaints with the Election Commission. The steps which should have been taken in Kolkata were not taken,” he added.

However, he expressed overall satisfaction over the role of the Election Commission in the third phase of West Bengal Elections 2016. “EC has tried to discharge its responsibilities. But the real credit goes to the people, for the way they put up resistance.”

West Bengal election 2016: Congress view

State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also demanded repoll in the 15 polling booths of Domkol.

However, he said The Trinamool would not be able to win any of the 22 seats in Mushidabad.

Chowdhury predicted the Congress-Left Front will win 65-70 percent of the 62 seats where polling took place during the day.

The constituencies that went to polls on Thursday included 22 in Murshidabad, 17 in Nadia, 16 in Burdwan districts and seven in north Kolkata. Thursday’s balloting marked the second and final round of voting in Burdwan, where nine constituencies went to polls on April 11.

“Till 3 p.m., overall 67.55 percent polling was recorded. The turnout in Murshidabad was 70.32 percent, Nadia 68.62 percent, Burdwan 70.55 percent and Kolkata 49.43 percent,” an Election Commission official said.