West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee trapped in Nandigram booth as BJP, TMC clash outside

Kolkata: Nandigram saw widespread scenes of violence during the second phase of West Bengal Election 2021.

The polling booth at the Boyal government school saw violence since morning when the Trinamool Congress (TMC) polling agent was allegedly chased away by BJP workers.

Later, when West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the booth, she was trapped inside for a long time as BJP and TMC workers clashed outside even as paramilitary forces and the police tried to control the situation.

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of bringing in people from outside West Bengal to commit violence during the election. She also accused the central paramilitary forces of acting according to orders from the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah.

Mamata Banerjee also called up West Bengal governor Japdeep Dhankar from the spot and informed him about the situation. The TMC chief also accused the BJP of committing massive false voting in the area.

She was later evacuated from the area.

However, local BJP workers who had been gathered outside the polling booth were quoted as saying by news channel ABP Ananda that Mamata Banerjee had brought people from outside the area to create trouble.

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh refuted Mamata Banerjee’s alleges and accused the TMC chief of fomenting violence.

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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