Amidst booth capturing, rigging, intimidation and violence Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency witnessed high percentage of polling on 30 April. In spite of the scorching heat and high humidity, voting percentage has been around 85. Here are some of the collages from across the Lok Sabha constituency of Bardhaman-Durgapur on the voting day yesterday.
The Bardhaman-Durgapur segment witnessed two cases of damage to the EVM’s by the irate voters and in the district 27 cases of malfunctioning of EVM’s were reported. In Booth No: 12 in Krishnapur in Kanksa, locals destroyed the EVM after it complained of technical difficulty after 260 votes were cast. Voting was suspended for two hours there and it resumed with a substituted EVM.
The voters also destroyed one EVM in Booth No: 12 in Galsi where casting for Assembly bye-election along with the general election was in progress. A section of the voters allegedly barged into the booth and destroyed the EVM on the plea that every vote being cast for Trinamool Congress was being stored in favour of the Forward Bloc candidate.
In another incident, a presiding officer had to be shifted from Booth No: 242 in Durgapur’s Bidhanpally under Bardhaman- Durgapur seat after he fell sick causing suspension of voting for an hour.
Trinamool workers organised a feast for voters within 50 metres of a polling booth in Durgapur yesterday, violating the model code and prompting the CPI(M) to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission. Police forced the Trinamool workers to vacate the area. But they again set up a tent 50 metres away and continued cooking. Trinamool leaders admitted having organised the lunch, but not to influence voters.
In Galsi, one voter Ramprasad Pal (61) and in Kanksa’s Panagarh, another Babulal Patel (63) fell sick while waiting in the queue to cast vote. They were shifted to the respective block hospitals and were declared as ‘brought dead’.
In Durgapur several reports of intimidation by the TMC men came into fore. At least five CPI(M) supporters were admitted in hospitals as they were beaten up by TMC men. In several polling stations there were no polling agents from any of the opposition parties. The CPI(M) alleging reign of terror across the constituencies staged a dharna near Burdwan DM’s office and demanded re-polling in 157 Booths in Bardhaman-Durgapur seat.
Bardhaman district secretary of the CPI(M), Mr. Amal Halder was however optimistic about his parties chance of winning the Bardhaman-Durgapur seat in spite of massive rigging by the Trinamool Congress.
The DM, Burdwan, Dr Soumitra Mohan reported that till 6 pm 85 percent polling was recorded in both Bardhaman-Durgapur and Bardhaman Purba Lok Sabha seats that went into polling yesterday. He further added that this voting percentage was 3 percent higher comparing to the last Lok Sabha election here.