The battle among the BJP and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal’s Asansol and beyond reached the Election Commission in Delhi with the two parties blaming each other for poll violence in the fourth phase of voting.
There were several reports of clashes in the early hours of polling. In Birbhum Lok Sabha constituency, news agency PTI stated clashes had broken out between supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati, and Siuri areas.
Election officials said isolated cases of violence had been reported in the state that has witnessed over 52 percent polling so far.
A jawan of the central police forces later had to fire once in the air in Poduma area Dubrajpur under Birbhum constituency to control the situation after villagers threw stones at the security personnel, as per reports.
In its representation to the Election Commission in Delhi, the Trinamool stated the firing was designed to scare voters.
Eight seats in south Bengal, considered the bastion of the ruling Trinamool Congress and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, are voting in this phase. The Trinamool holds six of the eight seats, the other two were won by BJP’s Babul Supriyo (Asansol) and the Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Baharampur) in 2014.
The BJP repeated Union minister Babul Supriyo from Asansol. He is pitted against film star Sreemati Dev Varma, better known as Moon Moon Sen, who has been moved from the Bankura seat that she had won in 2014.