Siliguri (West Bengal): The fourth round of polling for the West Bengal Election 2021 is being held today. Voting is going on today in 44 assembly seats in five districts.
However, there are more reports of violence in the fourth round than in the first three rounds. In Cooch Behar district, 5 people have lost their lives in electoral violence. Elections have been postponed following the firing at booth number 126 here and voting has been ordered again. The Election Commission has also called for a report of violence.
After the incident, Cooch Behar SP Debashish Dhar said that a man was ill and fainted, he was undergoing treatment in front of the booth. At that time, rumors spread that the CISF had beaten him up.
Around 300-350 men from the neighbouring village attacked the CISF personnel. They tried to snatch the rifles from the CISF personnel and attempted to enter the booth. 4 local villagers have died in this incident. Their ages range from 22-25 years.
Along with this, the CRPF has also issued a clarification about the incident in Cooch Behar, informing that neither CRPF was deployed outside booth number 126 at Sithalakuchi in Cooch Behar nor are they involved in any way in this incident.
Conspiracy on the instructions of the Home Minister
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit the place in Cooch Behar tomorrow where four people died in the firing today.
“CRPF has shot and killed 4 people in Sitalkuchi (Cooch Behar) today. There was another death in the morning. CRPF is not my enemy, but a conspiracy is going on on the instructions of the Home Minister and today’s incident is proof,” TMC chief Mamta Banerjee said.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has called for widespread agitations across West Bengal to protest against the deaths of 4 people due to firing by paramilitary forces in Cooch Behar district.
Blaming the BJP for the incident, the West Bengal CM urged TMC workers to wear black armbands and hold demonstrations across the state on Sunday.
The TMC supremo also called for the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Mamata Banerjee also announced that she will reach the incident spot at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district and meet the families of the victims, who she claimed were TMC workers.
“I will be going to Mathabhanga hospital tomorrow at 10 am and from there I will go to Alipurduar. I couldn’t go to Cooch Behar today due to Model Code of Conduct as polling is going on there,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Elections are being held in 8 phases in West Bengal
The West Bengal Election 2021 is being held in eight phases. Polling has been held for 91 seats in three phases.
In the first phase on March 27, the elections were held on 30 assembly seats in 5 districts, in which 84.63 percent of voters exercised their franchise.
After this, on April 1, in the second phase, 86.11 percent voting was held in 30 assembly seats in 4 districts.
Polling was held for 31 seats in the third phase, in which 84.61 percent of votes were cast.
Today is the fourth phase of the West Bengal Election 2021. In the fourth phase, votes are being cast in 44 assembly constituencies in five districts.
The districts in which these 44 seats are located are South 24 Parganas, Hoogli, Howrah, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar.
Of the constituencies which go to the polls on Saturday, nine are in Cooch Behar, five in Alipurduar, 11 in South 24 Parganas, nine in Howrah and 10 in Hooghly.
According to the information received from the Election Commission, voting will take place from 7 am to 6:30 pm. A total of 15,940 polling stations have been set up for this phase of West Bengal Election 2021.
The fourth phase is considered to be very important because the fate of many big leaders will be decided.