Birbhum: Clashes broke out across the districts on Tuesday, the very day of filing nominations for Bengal’s rural polls, as the last day of filing nominations on April 9.
BJP alleged that Trinamool toughs thronged the BDO offices and beat up opponents when they went to collect nomination papers or submit them in Birbhum, East Midnapore, Hooghly and Cooch Behar. In Birbhum’s Sainthia,Siuri, Labhpur there was violence as a fallout of a Trinamool factional feud.
Tension had been building up in Birbhum’s Labhpur since Sunday night, when Trinamool supporters allegedly laid siege on a local BJP party office, leaving five injured. On Monday, BJP leaders complained that their candidates were driven out of the Ahmedpur block office in Sainthia when they went to file their nomination papers.
Trinamool toughs also allegedly barracked BJP men when they reached Illambazar block office to collect nomination papers. Hasan’s Congress MLA Milton Rashid alleged that the ruling party was not allowing any opposition candidates from filing nominations in two blocks in his constituency.