- CPM Stages protest infront of Election Commission office in Kolkata demanding re-polling.
- Polling % till 3 PM: Bidhannagar: 60% Asansol: 56% Bally: 53.2% Siliguri: 59%
- Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over assaults on journalists.
- Bombs hurled, shots fired allegedly bu Trinamool goons at Matigara. The EVM was broken to pieces, voting has been suspended at booth nu-255 in the area.
- Violent clashes erupted on VIP Road near Haldiram, as TMC workers fought a pitched battle with Congress supporters. Many bikes were torched and two Congress workers suffered bullet injuries.
- Trinamool MLA Sujit Basu from Bidhan Nagar was seen assaulting a lady journalist. He has been intimidating the voters.
- At least eleven journalist belonging to four media houses have come under attack in Bidhan Nagar, allegedly from Trinamool goons. The attackers snatched their camera and brutally assaulted the journos inflicting severe injury.
- BJP state president Rahul Sinha stages protest. To move Election Commission seeking reelection.
- Anti-social elements allegedly from Trinamool camp fired on the voters in Asansol’s Kolla area. Three voters named Raja Mullick, Rahul Hena and Suklala Karmakar suffered bullet injury. Bombs were also hurled infront of Bidhan Chandra College in Asansol.
- CPM leader Gautam Dev said,”Media persons are attacked, thrashed brutally, is it democracy.”
- Protesting Trinamool rigging in poll Left Front has called a 12 hour strike on Monday in Rajarhat and Bidhan Nagar area.
- Trinamool leader Baiju Thakur shot in Asansol, rushed to hospital. Thakur is a close aide of Malay Ghatak. BJP-CPM blamed.
- Media brutally attacked in Salt Lake. Journalists and photo journalists were attacked and thrashed brutally by anti-social elements trying to intimidate voters.
- CPM candidate Ramala Chakroborty of ward nu-33 has been attacked at Salt Lake’s FB Bloc. Trinamool has been blamed for the attack.
- shots fired in Asansol’s Raniganj ward nu-91 as Trinamool and CPM workers fought a pitched battle.
- CPM-Congress agents thrashed in Kaikhali pooling booth.
- As per available data Bidhan Nagar registered 36% voting, Bali 26%, Siliguri 32%and Asansol 29% votes.
- Anti-social allegedly captured Salt Lake’s Community Center Booth. Voters alleged attack. Alleged Trinamool goons captured Federal sarani booth in Keshtapur. Police is acting mute.
- Alleging Trinamool terror Congress withdraws candidate from ward nu-29 in Salt Lake. Congress leader Arunabh Ghosh alleged that every booth in salt Lake has been seized by Trinamool anti-social elements. Ghosh also threatened to move High Court if needed.
- BJP candidate Prabhakar Mandal of Salt Lake’s ward nu-28 manhandled allegedly by Trinamool goons.
- CPM leader Krishna Dasgupta attacked in Raniganj. CPM candidate Pranab Mandal attacked
- Two Congress workers killed in a blast at Murshidabad’s Hariharpara.
- Anti-social elements allegedly captured booths in ward nu-2 in Bidhannagar. Police acting mute
- Bombs hurled, shots fired near BC College in Asansol’s ward nu-91. Trinamool accused.
- Independent candidate Anupam Dutta attacked by alleged Trinamool goons.
- Bombs hurled at pooling booth in Tegharia’s ward nu-9. Tension prevails in the area. Anti-social elements also hurled bombs at police in Salt Lake’s BD Bloc in ward nu-41.
- TV footages showed fake voters jamming booths preventing voters from casting ballots. Police and law enforcement authorities are acting as mute spectator.
- Anti-socials hurled many bombs infront of BD School in Salt Lake. The pooling booth was also vandalized. It is to be noted that Aninda Chatterjee is the Trinamool candidate from this ward.
- Bidhan Nagar 11%, Asansol 13%, Siliguri 14% votes have been registered till 10:30 am. TMC leader Aninda Chatterjee had earlier denied the presence of anti-social elements in Salt Lake’s ward nu-41., took an u-turn and now accused opposition party of bringing in outsider to manupulate the voting.
- Large rally flaunting arms allegedly belonging to the ruling Trinamool party roaming free in Jamuria. Police acting mute.
- Situation boils at ward nu-41 in Bidhan Nagar. CPM-BJP candidates and pooling agents are reportedly thrashed and forced out of the booths by Trinamool goons. Unidentified people with fake voter identity cards have reportedly jammed the booths. Police lathicharged on unruly crowed.
- Tension prevails in Baishaki over alleged rigging by Trnamool sponsored goons. BJP-CPM candidates reportedly forced out of the booths. Genuine voters were prevented from casting ballot. Polixce acting mute.
- CPM candidate Manik Ruidas of Asansol’s ward nu-13 was allegedly thrashed by Trinamool goons. Ruidas suffered a broken leg in the assault.
- Unidentified persons were caught on camera armed with bricks to prevent genuine voters from casting vote in Salt Lake. TV footages showed many suspicious men at various poll booths forcing the voters to vote for Trinamool.
- Opposition party agents have been forced out os polling booth in Salt Lake’s Baishaki Primary School. Trinamool accused. Police all over the area is acting as Trinamool worker.
- CPM withdraws pooling agents from booths in ward nu-3 at Rajarhat, alleging massive rigging. Trinamool candidate Tapas Chatterjee blamed.
- Congress candidate Sanjeev Bansal of ward nu-61 in Bali thrashed. Banshal suffered severe head injury. Police personnel posted on the area did not intervene. Allegation against Trinamool.
- As the day is progressing sporadic violence are being reported from various pooling booths in Jamuria. Furious by rigging voters clashed with police at ward nu-5 in Jamuria. Locals staged a road bock. Trinamool goons hurled bombs at the voters.
- CPM agent of ward nu-7 in Asansol was allegedly forced out of the booth and thrashed by Trinamool goons. Voting has been suspended at Jamuria;s ward nu-9 as the EVM malfunctioned.
- I never saw any outsider interfering in the poll process, said Trinamool leader Aninda Chatterjee.
- CPM leader Ashim Bhattacharya accused the ruling TMC of unleashing outsider goons to rig the polls. Poll booths in Bidhannagar are virtually seized by Trinamool, said Ashim Dasgupta.
- CPM leader Ramesh Bor’s house vandalized. Allegation against Trinamool.
- Violence reported from ward nu-41 in Salt Lake AC Bloc. Goons hurled stones at voters. Huge police force on the spot. CPM accused TMC of terrorizing voters.
- Open rigging by Trinamool goons is reported from Salt Lake BB Bloc. Police acting as a mute spectator. Journalists attacked by ruling party goons.
- Same picture of utter rigging can be witnessed in Asansol poll booths. Opposition agents in Jamuria are forced out of the pooling booths. Outsiders can be seen at poll booths in Salt Lake, allegedly belonging to the ruling TMC party.
- Allegation of jamming the poll both in Bidhannagar CL Bloc against the ruling Trinamool party surfaced. TMC goons jammed the booth in Rishi Aurobindo School. Huge police force rushed to the area. CPM accused TMC.
- Reports are pouring in depicting poll violence from various poll booths. Booth capture, rigging and manhandling of opposition party agents are reported.
- People starts to gather at polling booths early in Salt Lake, Asansol.
- Polling starts at 07:00 am on Saturday for 16 wards of Bidhannagar, Howrah and Asansol Municipal Corporation.
Kolkata: The elections to Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation — created by merging the two township of Salt Lake in north eastern part of the city and Rajarhat-Gopalpur in the eastern part of metropolis — on Saturday is being touted as the most crucial elections before West Bengal Assembly goes to polls in 2016.
Spread over 65 square kilometres and home to over six lakh people, the Bidhanagar Municipal Corporation is one of the most prestigious civic bodies after the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the civic poll is expected to be closely contested as the Opposition parties have decided to put a united front against the ruling Trinamool Congress.
The model of the Opposition parties coming together and having a tacit understanding worked in Siliguri Municipal Corporation in April under the leadership of former Left Front Minister Asok Bhattacharya who is now the mayor of the civic body. At Bidhnannagar, the Left Front is putting hopes on another CPI(M) leader and former Minister, 69 –year-old Asim Dasgupta who held the State’s Finance portfolio for over two decades.
Of the 41 wards that will go to polls on Saturday, 14 are located in Salt Lake area and the remaining wards falls under Rajarhat Gopalpur. The alleged gerrymandering by merging of two civic bodies with a markedly different characteristics and varied nature of electorate gives a clear advantage to the ruling party.
An analysis of the votes polled in the 2014 Lok Sabha makes it evident. Then the ruling Trinamool Congress trailed behind the BJP in the wards of Salt Lake area but in the Rajarhat Gopalpur Municipality the TMC had a clear advantage over its rival.
While TMC chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has passed on the baton of poll campaign to her deputies and Ministers who are promising more development if the ruling party comes to power, the Left Front is not any taking chances.
Mr Dasgupta is going for door to door campaign and party heavyweights like CPI(M) State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra have chipped in with rallies and public meeting.
The ruling party has not announced a mayoral candidate but is confident that its new find Tapas Chaterjee, who recently switched loyalties from the CPI(M) to side with the ruling party will ensure victory for the party in Rajarhat- Gopalpur area. In Salt Lake the responsibility is on leaders like Krishna Chakraboty, former chairperson of Bidhannagar Municipality.
The BJP’s campaign lacked much spark though its leaders claim that central leaders like Shahnawaj Hussain and Siddhartha Nath Singh campaigned.
Both the Left Parties and the BJP claim that if polls are free and fair they will put up a good fight to the TMC. They allege that outsiders are coming to Bidhannagar Municipality to create disturbance on Saturday.