TMC’s Derek O Brien alleged BJP workers for booth capturing

Nandigram is one of the 30 seats which has become the epicentre of the electoral contest where voting is taking place.

Nandigram: TMC’s Derek O Brien writes to EC alleging booth capture by BJP workers in Nandigram Assembly Constituency. “Huge mob of BJP workers have entered booth no.s 6,7,49,27,162,21,26,13,262,256,163,20. BJP workers attempting to take control of EVM & rigging the booth,” Derek O’Brien said in his complaint to the EC.

Whereas, BJP workers earlier alleged that police is not letting a fair election take place and enabling TMC workers to capture the booths. TMC party workers also accused BJP’s candidate from Debra, Bharati Ghosh of influencing the electorate by visiting the polling booths.

Ruckus near a polling booth in Debra, security forces present. Voters say, “Parties called goons from outside. We’re locals, why will we create unrest? Candidate brought people here, she wants to create issue.” BJP’s Bharti Ghosh & TMC’s Humayun Kabir contesting from here.

A direct contest between TMC Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her protege-turned rival and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari, is among the 30 constituencies which are voting in the second phase of Bengal Assembly Election on Thursday at Nandigram.

All the 10,620 polling booths have been declared sensitive and deployed around 651 companies of central forces, apart from the State police. A total of 210 companies have been deployed in Paschim Medinipur, 199 in Purba Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura, the officials said to The Hindu reporter.

According to India today website, the Election Commission has declared all the 10,620 polling booths as sensitive and deployed around 651 companies of central forces, apart from the state police, to provide security. A total of 210 companies of central armed police forces have been deployed in Paschim Medinipur, 199 in Purba Medinipur, 170 in South 24 Parganas and 72 in Bankura, the officials said.

Long queues were seen outside polling stations, where voting will continue till 6.30 pm. More than 75 lakh voters will decide the fate of 191 candidates in 30 constituencies, as eyes are set on Nandigram where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting against her former lieutenant and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari.

Because of the sensitive nature of the constituency, the EC has imposed Section 144 of the CrPc in the area till Friday to ensure a free and fair election.

Nandigram is one of the 30 seats which has become the epicentre of the electoral contest where voting is taking place.

If Mamata Banerjee is defeated by Suvendu Adhikari at Nandigram, there is a possibility that result could see her TMC going the same way as the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) lost in 2011.

Alleging the trouble in booth number 7 of Nandigram’s Boyal area, Mamata Banerjee staged a protest at the booth. She said that she will move to court as many TMC workers claimed that they were not allowed to vote.

By- Arpit Parashar