Darjeeling: Long to medium sized queues were seen before polling booths, as voting began at 7 a.m. for three northern West Bengal constituencies in phase two of the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday. The second phase of Lok Sabha Election witnessing many layers of violence in places of northern districts soon after people started casting their votes.
There are reports that some voters in Darjeeling constituency are being intimidated. A huge police force escorted voters to polling station at Chopra in Darjeeling constituency , after villagers blocked national highway demanding central forces in all booths. The Villagers claimed they were not allowed to go near the polling stations by miscreants.
Colourfully attired tea garden workers and their dependents were among those who turned out in strength in Darjeeling constituency.
In Darjeeling — famed for its tea, timber and tourism, BJP’s Raju Singh Bisht is taking on Trinamool’s Amar Singh Rai, Saman Pathak of CPI-M and Congress’ Sankar Malakar. There are also seven candidates from other registered parties and five independents.
In 2014, the Trinamool Congress had won Jalpaiguri, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) bagged Raiganj while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured Darjeeling.