Nadia: A video of false voting on counting day left everyone shocked. Video taken through a wire mesh around some counting tables shows a man in a pink shirt and dark trousers furiously stamping blank ballot papers.
That, shockingly, is what took place in West Bengal where votes were counted for panchayat polls that took place on Monday across the state and repolls.
An independent candidate has defeated the local Trinamool heavyweight in the fight for a seat at Krisnaganj, Nadia district, the very place where the man in a pink shirt was seen in a viral video furiously stamping ballot papers at a counting centre on Thursday, the counting day.
When counting was in full swing at Majhdia Sudhir Ranjan Lahiri College on Thursday morning, suddenly crude bombs were hurled outside and a gang of miscreants stormed in.
They cut the wire mesh that surrounds the counting area and a man in pink shirt grabbed a ballot box, pulled out ballot papers and started stamping on them with a stamp and ink pad he had brought along.
Niladri Shukul, the independent candidate, returned home with the winner’s certificate, almost unable to believe his luck.
“They tried to use force to defeat me but they could not. This is the victory of truth. I have got justice and I am very happy, ” said Mr Shukul, 35, who was backed in the polls by rebel Trinamool groups and the CPM.