ECI mentioned that elections remained largely peaceable in all states. However, media studies confirmed sporadic spurts of violence in West Bengal the place some candidates of the ruling TMC have been allegedly attacked by BJP cadres
Polling was performed peacefully in 1,53,538 polling stations throughout 475 Assembly constituencies within the single-phase elections within the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for the third part in Assam and West Bengal on Tuesday, mentioned the Election Commission.
However, media studies confirmed sporadic spurts of violence in West Bengal the place candidates of the ruling celebration have been allegedly attacked by cadres of the BJP. The elections remained largely peaceable in Assam, amid disturbances and EVM glitches in some areas. In Tamil Nadu, allegations of electoral malpractice have been levelled whereas Puducherry witnessed brisk polling.
The Election Commission in a press launch mentioned that every one the polling stations adopted COVID-19 security protocols, the place social distancing preparations and services of thermal scanning, hand sanitisers, face masks have been made obtainable. Polling was additionally performed beneath strict safety preparations, it mentioned.
At the start of the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had urged voters to train their franchise.
As polling begins in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, I request my sisters and brothers to exit and vote in giant numbers and guarantee a robust, progressive and affluent future for themselves.
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) April 6, 2021
Elections are happening in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. I request the folks in these locations to vote in report numbers, significantly the younger voters.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2021
By-polls to Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram Parliamentary seat in Kerala have been additionally performed on Tuesday.
In West Bengal, a complete of 77.68 % of 78.5 lakh voters exercised their franchise until the tip of polling, in response to the Election Commission’s provisional knowledge. Voting was being held in 16 seats in South 24 Parganas district (half II), seven in Howrah (half I) and eight in Hooghly (half I), officers informed information company PTI.
A complete of 205 candidates, together with BJP chief Swapan Dasgupta, state minister Ashima Patra and CPM chief Kanti Ganguly have been within the fray from the 31 seats which went to the polls within the third of the eight phases.
The Election Commission had imposed prohibitory orders beneath Section 144 of CrPC in all of the constituencies, declaring them as ‘delicate’ and heavy forces have been deployed.
Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, nonetheless, was unimpressed with the presence of Central forces and alleged interference by them to “influence voters”.
The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly elevating this subject, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator whereas males in uniform are being misused at a number of locations to overtly intimidate TMC voters & affect many to vote in favour of 1 celebration. pic.twitter.com/l6t28mxwBO
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 6, 2021
BJP MP Soumitra Khan’s estranged spouse and TMC candidate Sujata Mondal Khan was allegedly assaulted by the BJP cadre in Arambag, a cost denied by the saffron celebration.TV grabs confirmed the TMC chief being chased in an open discipline by folks wielding sticks and iron rods after which hit on the top with sticks. Her safety officer was additionally injured, in response to PTI.
Petrifying visuals of @BJP4India goons attacking TMC candidate #SujataMandal, overtly abusing her & threatening her with rods & sickle. If they’ve the heart to do that to a feminine candidate, think about what they’ll do to your daughters. This is their ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ pic.twitter.com/uBh4oTyNeR
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) April 6, 2021
While the TMC claimed that BJP “goons” did not permit the celebration’s polling brokers contained in the polling stations, the saffron celebration accused Sujata of getting into the world with TMC “goons” and creating unrest by threatening folks in opposition to going to the polling stations to train their franchise.
The CEO sought a report from election officers over the incident, sources informed PTI.
TMC candidate Dr Nirmal Majhi claimed that he was “heckled” by BJP supporters and his automobile vandalised when he tried visiting a sales space in Uluberia (Uttar) constituency. Majhi was made to put on a helmet and escorted out of the troubled space by the police.
In Khanakul, TMC candidate Najmul Karim was allegedly crushed up by the BJP activists and slogans have been raised in opposition to him, earlier than being recused from the world by Central forces.
In Falta seat, a BJP candidate’s automobile was attacked. In Bishnupur constituency, a person was seen threatening a girl in opposition to going to forged her vote. She, nonetheless, was seen not yielding to the strain. The ECI later sought a report from native authorities, and the accused man was arrested, reported PTI.
At least one individual was injured when crude bombs have been lobbed exterior a polling station in Canning Purba meeting seat. TMC candidate Shaukat Mollah accused Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front (ISF) for the assault, a cost denied by the celebration.
TMC turncoat and BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour seat, Dipak Haldar alleged that his former celebration is just not permitting voters to return to polling stations whereas in Dhanekhali, Patra accused the Central forces of high-handedness and alleged that voters have been being stopped from going to polling stations by BJP “goons”. The saffron celebration nonetheless dismissed the allegation.
Hours earlier than polling, Madhabi Adak, a BJP supporter’s member of the family was allegedly killed in Hooghly district, whereas attempting to guard the member of the family from a couple of males who barged into their home, police mentioned. Adak’s household alleged that the TMC was behind the incident, a cost denied by the ruling celebration.
Another unpalatable incident that marred polling within the japanese state was reported from Howarah, the place EVM and VVPAT machines have been recovered from the house of a TMC candidate. The incident occurred in Tulsiberia village within the Uluberia Uttar meeting phase, the place Villagers noticed a automobile with an Election Commission sticker exterior the home of the TMC chief within the early hours, after which they began protesting.
Then, it was discovered that the officer of sector 17 Tapan Sarkar was visiting the TMC chief’s home with the EVMs, the official mentioned. The EVMs and VVPATs have been seized and the officer was suspended. The sector officer claimed that he reached the world very late and located the polling sales space closed, following that he determined to spend the night time at his relative’s residence, unable to seek out any “safe place” to remain.
In Tamil Nadu, the place single-phase elections have been held in 234 seats, 65.11 % voter turnout was recorded in response to the EC’s 7 pm provisional knowledge.
Although polling was peaceable largely, the southern state did witness complaints of election malpractices and Model Code of Conduct violations.
In the early afternoon, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan lodged a grievance with polling officers within the Coimbatore South constituency, alleging that the BJP was distributing money for votes, reported The Quint. According to the report, Haasan claimed he had proof of the electoral malpractice, the place chit which may very well be exchanged for money have been distributed in a ward in Kempatti colony and in addition alleged that the BJP candidate Vanathi Srinivasan may have hyperlinks to the observe.
The BJP candidate denied the allegations and alleged that the Congress, MNM and different events have been partaking in drama as that they had sensed their defeat.
Congress, Maiam and others making drama as if we’re distributing tokens, sensing their defeat.
It is being stage managed to defame my volunteers and celebration cadres and to attribute causes for my victory.
No reality within the allegation. I strongly deny and condemn the false complaints
— Vanathi Srinivasan (@VanathiBJP) April 6, 2021
Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Thousand Lights constituency Khushbu Sundar additionally alleged that the DMK was distributing money to voters and mentioned a grievance was lodged with the EC, reported information company ANI.
A grievance was additionally lodged in opposition to DMK chief Udhayanidhi Stalin for carrying a shirt with celebration brand whereas casting his vote, reported ANI.
Tamil Nadu: AIADMK’s Babu Murugavel filed a grievance in opposition to DMK chief Udhayanidhi Stalin for carrying a shirt with celebration brand whereas casting his vote earlier at present.
(File photograph) pic.twitter.com/QJ5Lxl2i2j
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2021
Assam polling largely peaceable
Polling remained largely peaceable in Assam, the place 82.33 % of the 79,19 eligible voters exercised their franchise to elect candidates from 40 constituencies within the third and final part of the Assembly election, as per EC’s provisional knowledge. However, there have been incidents of violence and disturbances in some areas, officers mentioned.
Polling at a station at Dighaltari decrease major faculty at Golakganj was briefly halted as a conflict was reported between two teams. Police resorted to lathi-charge and firing within the air to regulate the state of affairs however none was injured, an official informed PTI.
Police additionally resorted to lathi-charge at a sales space in Guptipara in Bilasipara the place a gaggle of individuals attacked safety personnel over the distribution of free masks and threw stones on the polling station. Voting was interrupted for about half an hour however later resumed usually, officers informed PTI.
In a polling sales space in Bongaigaon, there was lathi-charge by the police when an enormous crowd arrived, an official mentioned whereas at one other polling station within the constituency, police introduced the state of affairs beneath management as a commotion broke out when the presiding officer went to assist a differently-abled individual to forged his vote
In one other incident police detained no less than two individuals from a polling sales space at Kamrup Academy Higher Secondary School in Guwahati for allegedly distributing BJP pamphlets carrying minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya’s photos.
Around 10 folks have been detained from completely different constituencies the place voting is on, officers mentioned. EVM malfunctioning was reported in a number of polling facilities and voting in them resumed after the machines have been changed, they mentioned.
BJP ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Phanibhushan Choudhury, who’re within the fray on this stage, forged their votes at their respective polling centres within the morning hours.
Other outstanding personalities who exercised their franchise included BPF ministers Chandan Brahma and Pramila Rani Brahma celebration chief Hagrama Mohilary, Congress chief Ratul Patowary and state election icon and actor Kopil Bora.
Kerala witnessed heavy polling regardless of scorching warmth and rains in some a part of the state. Barring some technical glitches, stray situations of violence and sporadic complaints of bogus voting, the election train was performed in an orderly method. According to the EC’s 7 pm knowledge, the state recorded 69.95 % polling until 7 pm.
Isolated incidents of altercation between rival celebration activists have been reported in some locations within the state together with in Kattayikonam in Kazhakootam constituency, a stronghold of the Marxist celebration in Thiruvananthapuram district, as CPM and BJP staff clashed.
Four BJP staff have been injured and their automotive was broken.
Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who’s the LDF candidate from the constituency, informed reporters that the purpose of the protestors was to disrupt the voting process and alleged that police had acted as “BJP agent”.
Three Marxist staff, together with the minister’s private employees, have been taken into custody.
On the polling day additionally, sparks additionally flew over the Sabarimala subject with the LDF and UDF locking horns.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned the devotees of Lord Ayyappa and all different gods shall be with the LDF, whereas Congress chief, Ramesh Chennithala, opined that bhaktas won’t forgive the Left Front, which can face Ayyappa’s wrath.
Kerala had witnessed violent protests by activists of BJP and right-wing outfits after the LDF authorities determined to implement the 2018 Supreme courtroom verdict permitting ladies of all age teams to supply prayers on the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala, the place historically ladies within the menstruating age group of 10-50 are banned from worshipping.
Vijayan (Dharmadam), chief of Opposition within the state meeting Ramesh Chennithala (Haripad), senior Congress chief Oommen Chandy (Puthupally), BJP state president, Ok Surendran (Konni and Manjeswaram) and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, (Palakkad) have been amongst these in fray.
Besides Vijayan, 11 of his cupboard colleagues are among the many 957 candidates within the ballot area.
Former chief minister Oommen Chandy (Puthupally), opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala (Haripad), BJP state president Ok Surendran, contesting from Koni and Manjeshwar and ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan (Palakkad) and 9 movie and tv actors are additionally within the fray.
Brisk voting was witnessed within the Union Territory of Puducherry the place single part elections are being held to 30 Assembly constituencies.
The Union Territory registered a voter turnout of 78.03 %, in response to the Election Commission’s 7 pm replace. Earlier within the day, information company PTI reported that Yanam, the place the AINRC chief N Rangasamy is contesting, registered the next proportion of polling than the opposite three areas – Mahe, Karaikal and Puducherry — from the start. Rangasamy can be searching for election to the territorial Assembly from the Thattanchavady phase within the Puducherry area.
The contest is eager between the AINRC-led NDA and the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance.
Former Chief Minister and senior Congress chief V Narayanasamy, nonetheless, bowed out of the ballot contest on the floor that he needed to coordinate poll-related work within the union territory. He had additionally claimed at a latest press meet that the excessive command had requested him to contest however had refrained the competition solely to coordinate poll-related works.
The NDA, nonetheless, had claimed that the Congress excessive command had refused ticket to Narayanasamy regardless of his lengthy service within the celebration. The BJP and AIADMK are the opposite constituents of the AINRC-led NDA within the UT.
While AINRC fielded candidates in 16 of the full 30 constituencies the BJP is aspiring to annex 9 seats whereas the AIADMK is contesting from 5 seats. The Congress has fielded candidates in 14 out of the 15 seats earmarked to it.
The nationwide celebration is supporting an impartial in Yanam.
The DMK, its principal alliance companion, has fielded candidates in 13 seats and the VCK and CPI are contesting from one constituency every.
With inputs from companies