Keshpur, April 01: Violence have been reported from parts of districts going to polls in Phase-2. A woman polling agent of BJP at booth number 173 in Keshpur was beaten up allegedly by TMC workers. And, local BJP leader Tanmay Ghosh’s car was vandalised in Keshpur assembly constituency. Earlier, some CPIM workers agitated at Ghatal after they were allegedly stopped by TMC workers as they were on their way to cast their vote.
A total of 75,94,549 voters are eligible to decide the fate of 171 candidates. Of these 171 candidates, 152 are men and 19 are women. The Election Commission has set up 10,620 polling booths spread across the 30 constituencies. All eyes are on battleground Nandigram, where TMC chief and CM Mamata Banerjee has locked horns with her protege turned rival Suvendu Adhikari. Adhikari had joined the BJP in December last year. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the Nandigram assembly constituency.
The EC has also started air surveillance in the area with the help of a helicopter. People who are not voters of Nandigram are not being allowed to enter the constituency in view of the sensitivity. The commission has also deployed a 22-personnel quick response team (QRT) in the area today.
All the booths where polling will be held in the second phase have been declared sensitive by the EC. The EC has deployed a total of 651 companies of Central Armed Police for this phase of the election which will be held in Bankura (Part II), Purba Medinipur (Part II), Paschim Medinipur (Part II) and South 24 Parganas (Part I). A total of 199 companies of CAPF will be deployed in Purba Medinipur, 210 companies in Paschim Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura.