LS Polls 2019: Last Phase Marred By Clashes

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  • Voting ends
  • EC seeks report over Kakinara incident, as informed by additional chief electoral office Sanjay Basu.
  • Clashes break out at Bhatpara over by- elections. TMC-BJP clashes at Kakinara’s Katapukur. Massive bombing and stone-pelting reported. Police resorts to lathicharge. Central forces at the spot.
  • BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour Nilanjan Roy’s car vandalised in Budge Budge. TMC accused in the incident
  • Amid scattered incidents of violence in WestBengal during the final phase of the Lok Sabha election, journalists were allegedly attacked by TMC workers in the Kolkata Dakshin area. One mediaperson sustained an injury to his head.
  • Voters held a protest outside polling station number 189 in the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday. They alleged that TMC workers were not allowing them to cast their vote. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu said, “100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote.”
  • A polling officer broke down into tears at a polling booth in the Dum Dum constituency as incidents of violence were reported across the nine West Bengal seats that went to polls on Sunday
  • Stone pelted at Bengal BJP candidate Rahul Sinha near Park Circus
  • In the Kolkata Dakshin constituency, the polling agent of the BJP was allegedly not allowed to sit inside the booth no 164. Party candidate CK Bose started arguing with the other polling agents at the booth.
  • Trinamool Congress writes to EC, states, ‘Election campaign for last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath Yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last 2 days. This is a gross violation of model code of conduct.’
  • West Bengal: Mohammed Salim, CPI (Marxist) candidate from Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, casts his vote at a polling booth in St. Thomas’ Girls School, Kolkata.
  • Voters and BJP workers have alleged that people are not being allowed to cast their votes at the Bhangar polling booth under the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency. Voters also claim that the TMC is not allowing people to cast votes. Voters claimed that TMC leader Arabul Islam did not allow them to vote.
  • Voter turnout recorded till 9 am: Bihar-10.65%, Himachal Pradesh- 0.87%, Madhya Pradesh-7.16%, Punjab-4.64%, Uttar Pradesh-5.97%, West Bengal- 10.54, Jharkhand-13.19%, Chandigarh-10.40% in Phase7 of LokSabhaElections2019.
  • Voting delayed at 3 booths in Nagerbazar area (DumDum) of West Bengal
  • The BJP’s candidate for Kolkata North, Rahul Sinha cast his vote at a polling booth in a school in Jadavpur on Sunday, for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election.
  • West Bengal: BJP Lok Sabha candidate from South Kolkata parliamentary constituency, CK Bose casts his vote at a polling booth in City College, in Kolkata.
  • A Banerjee, TMC leader: Whatever he (PM) said in meeting on 15May in Diamond Harbour, he has to substantiate those statements with ample proof & justify what he said. If he fails to do so I’ll sue him in the criminal & defamation cases. I’ll drag him to the court & do the needful.
  • West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew & TMC leader, Abhishek Banerjee casts his vote at polling booth no. 208 in South Kolkata Parliamentary Constituency.
  • Voting has been delayed in the Kolkata Dakshin constituency, as polling got underway for the final phase of the Lok Sabha election. An EVM glitch was reported in a booth in the City college polling station.
  • BJP camp office set on fire at Rajarhat.
  • CPM agent beaten at Milk Colony.
  • Visuals from a polling station at Salt Lake Sector 1 as voting for Lok Sabha elections is set to begin shortly
  • People queue up outside polling station no. 152/41 and 152/47 in South Kolkata to cast their votes. Voting for the 7th and last phase of LokSabhaElections2019 will begin at 7 AM.Preparations are underway at polling booth no.162 at Calcutta Boys School in North Kolkata parliamentary constituency.

Kolkata: The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, one of the most bitterly fought in recent memory, will come to a close on Sunday when polling will be held in 59 constituencies including in Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to retain the seat. Over 10.01 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 918 candidates. The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations for smooth conduct of polls. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.

The Kolkata North seat has the highest number of candidates (21) contesting among 42 parliamentary constituencies in Bengal, while it also has the lowest number of electorate (14.44 lakh).

Following incidents of violence and vandalism centring BJP President Amit Shah’s rally in the heart of Kolkata on May 14, the Election Commission took the unprecedented step of curtailing campaign time by 20 hours by invoking Article 324 of the constitution.