WB LS 2019 Phase-II: 65% Turnout In Bengal Amid Sporadic Incidents

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  • Voting ends for phase 2.
  • West Bengal Poll % till 3.00 pm: Jalpaiguri (SC) – 71.32%,Darjeeling – 63.14%, Raiganj – 61.84 %. State total – 65.43 %
  • Till 1 pm: Total vote 51.60%
    Darjeeling: 47.52%
    Raiganj: 47.52%
    Jalpaiguri: 54.73%
  • Sporadic incidents of clashes reported from the three constituencies of West Bengal
  • After chaos in the morning, the voters went to the booth along with police as their escorts. The Central forces have become more active. After 4 hours into the incident, the central forces have reached the spot (Chopra)
  • EVM broken at Chopra’s 112 booth. Chaos also at Kotagach due to clash between TMC-BJP workers
  • Till 11 am: 30.12 % votes casted in Darjeeling, 36.22 % in Jalpaiguri and 34.01 % in Raiganj. Total votes of the three constituencies: 33.45 %

Nearly 17 per cent polling recorded in West Bengal so far

  • Nearly 17 per cent of the electorate cast their votes amid stray incidents of violence in the three northern West Bengal constituencies in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. In the first two hours till 9 am, the overall polling percentage was 16.78, with Raiganj recording 17.45, Jalpaiguri 16.84 and Darjeeling 16.14 per cent turnout, an Election Commission (EC) official said in Kolkata. Voting across 5,390 polling stations began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm.
  • Security personnel lob tear gas shells, lathi charge locals as they block NH-34 in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal.
  • Senior Left leader Mohammed Salim’s convoy attacked in Islampur. Bullets allegedly fired at CPI(M) candidate Mohammed Salim’s convoy in Islampur.
  • BJP office at Malbazzar in Jalpaiguri ransacked , BJP and TMC workers clash at Chopra in Darjeeling constituency.
  • In Purulia , a 22-year-old BJP member’s body is found hanging . His father is the BJP member of the local gram panchayat . This is the third such incident in Purulia.
  • TV journalists beaten up at WB’s Raiganj booth. The reporter and photographer of a vernacular channel were beaten up at Goalpokhar in Raiganj PC.
  • Voters intimidated at some places in Darjeeling, say reports
  • Long queues at some booths in West Bengal

    Long to medium sized queues were seen before polling booths, as voting began at 7 a.m. for three northern West Bengal constituencies , reports. Colourfully attired tea garden workers and their dependents were among those who turned out in strength in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri constituencies, while Muslim community members were seen in good numbers at the prestigious Raiganj seat in the early hours.

West Bengal Lok Sabha Phase II- In the backdrop of the controversy over the ruling Trinamool Congress roping in Bangladeshi actors for campaigning, three northern West Bengal constituencies, including the keenly-watched Raiganj and Darjeeling, voting has started in round two of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on Thursday morning.