TMC-BJP clash as actor Raj Chakraborty submits nomination in Barrackpore

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: April 1, 2021, 12:44 p.m.

Kolkata: Barrackpore witnessed widespread violence on Wednesday during the submission of Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Raj Chakraborty’s nomination. The incident started with a quarrel between BJP and TMC activists, sources said. 

The police used batons to bring the situation under control. The police arrested several people from both sides. A firearm was also recovered. Several people were injured in the stampede.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP workers clashed when Raj Chakraborty was going to submit his nomination papers at the Barrackpore sub-divisional governor’s office on Wednesday. 

According to sources, the supporters of Chandramani Shukla – the BJP candidate in the Barrackpore assembly constituency – clashed with Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate actor Raj Chakraborty’s followers.

Although unknown in the field of politics, Raj Chakraborty is confident of victory. The TMC candidate has been active in the field of politics since the announcement of the list of candidates. He has been regularly campaigning in the Barrackpore area along with his family. 

Raj Chakraborty claims that he is a son of Barrackpore.

Voting is being held in 8 phases in West Bengal

In the first phase of 294 seats in West Bengal, votes were cast in 30 seats on March 27. On April 1 in 30 seats in the second phase, on April 31 in the third phase, on April 6, in the fourth phase 44 seats on April 10, in the fifth phase 45 seats on April 17, in the sixth phase 43 seats on April  22.

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In the seventh phase, votes will be cast in 36 seats on April 26 and in the eighth phase on April 29 on 35 seats. While the votes will be counted on May 2. West Bengal had 77,413 election centers in 2016, now 1,01,916 election centers have been set up here.

This time the state is witnessing a triangular contest between the ruling TMC, the Congress-Left alliance and the BJP.

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