WB polls: Over 42 per cent voter turnout till 11 AM-Violence reported from parts of Bengal

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Bartya Basu & Saugata Roy
Bartya Basu & Saugata Roy

Kolkata: Over 42 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections today even as over 100 people were arrested for bogus voting and booth jamming.

Ruling TMC expecting  a major seat share in this fifth phase of the polling ;few heavy weight ministers like Mr. Bartya Basu,Mr. Purnendu Basu,Ms. Chandrima Bhattacharjee etc are fighting this election. While opposition heavy weights ex finance minister Dr.Ashim Dasgupta (CPIM) again fighting against Dr.Amit Mitra seating Finance Minister.

Famous actress Roopa Ganguly candidate of BJP is also trying her luck from Howrah in this phase.

On voting day in Bengal, Roopa Ganguly of the BJP was caught on camera in her constituency slapping a woman supporter of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. The party has filed a police complaint against Ms Ganguly, actor-turned-politician renowned for her portrayal of Draupadi in the blockbuster TV hit, Mahabharata.

“Trinamool goons pushed me when I went to check on complaints from voters at various booths. They are goons and they are levelling false allegations against me,” Ms Ganguly told

MP  Saugata Roy along with Dum Dum constituency candidate Bartya Basu moved every nooks and corners of Dum Dum to ensure smooth ride for Bartya Basu.

Earlier a three year old baby has been threatened and beaten by the hooligans to terrorize the voters of anti-ruling camp. Despite of serious injuries to the child the mother went for voting for her democratic right. Election commission has ordered and arrested the alleged  goons to ensure fearless voting.

At north Dum Dum CPIM candidate ,Mr.Tanmay Bhattacharya  got injured in the hands of anti-socials while visiting  a wounded supporter. He himself  got fatal injuries with profuse bleeding due to attack with stones by the goons;his car has been badly damaged. CPIM and other opposition has complained to the authorities.

Mass rigging and booth capturing with movement of outsiders near booth and localities creating tension as per oppositions ; while ruling TMC has expressed confidence in election commission for  ensuring free and fair poll.

Overall polling is going on smoothly except few odd incident which marked the blood spot in this phase IV.

Sixty percent voting completed as per 2:00 pm report. High turnout expected by the day’s end.