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Kolkata, Apr 29 : Around 38 per cent electorate exercised their franchise till 1130 hours on Thursday in the final phase West Bengal Assembly election to 35 seats to decide the fate of 283 candidates under a massive security blanket.
People queue up at polling booths across the state as Bengal votes in the final phase of the Assembly elections.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and his wife Sudesh Dhankhar on Thursday cast their votes at a polling booth in Chowringhee area in the city.
.After casting his vote, Mr Dharkhar said, “Participated by voting in the most significant festival that powers, sustains and blossoms democracy.
“Democracy flourishes only on vote power and every vote matters. All eligible must positively vote,” he said.
Earlier, the governor said, “For strengthening democracy levery voter must positively vote in Eighth Phase today.”
“Every vote matters. Your vote sustains democracy. There can be just no ground not to vote. Those not voting forfeit moral authority to project grievances on governance,” Mr Dhankhar added.
As the polling for the final phase Assembly polls began this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda urged voters to come out and vote in large numbers.
Taking to his tweeter handle, Mr Modi said, “Last phase of the 2021 West Bengal elections takes place today. In line with the COVID-19 protocols, I call upon people to cast their vote and enrich the festival of democracy.
BJP candidate from Malda, Gopal Chandra Saha after casting his vote for the eighth and final phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections at a polling booth in Malda alleged that the attack on him on April 18 during campaigning was either carried out by the TMC or Congress ‘goons’.
Mr Saha was allegedly shot at while he was returning from campaigning on April 18. He received a bullet injury on his neck, was taken to Maldah Medical Hospital where he underwent an operation.
Mr Saha had gone to attend a workers’ meeting at Sahapur Gram Panchayat when some miscreants shot at him while he was getting in his car, the party said.
In Kolkata, a crude bomb was hurled near Mahajati Sadan Auditorium in North Kolkata today. Election Commission has sought details of the incident.
TMC candidate Naina Banerjee alleged that she was prevented from entering a booth
at Chowringee’s Metropolitan school in the central part of the city.
Reports of bombing was reported from Entally in the central part of the city where the central force began a root march to instill confidence with the voters. There had been no report of any injury in the bomb attacks.
Voting began with a half an hour delay due to a glitch in the EVM, at polling booth number 188 in Birbhum district.
Veteran Actor and and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty cast his vote at a polling station in Kashipur-Belgachia area of North Kolkata during the final phase of the ongoing West Bengal Assembly polls.
After casting his vote, the actor-turned-politician congratulated the security personnel and said that he never voted so peacefully before.
“I had never voted so peacefully ever before. I must congratulate all the security personnel,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) took to its official page to share the visuals of an alleged polling booth in West Bengal’s Malda district on Monday.
The ruling party stated that the ’empty’ BJP camp indicated that the people of Bengal have rejected BJP.
The Election Commission announced that results of exit polls for elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and UT of Puducherry can be broadcast after 7pm tonight.