BJP candidate attacked in West Bengal, poll official beaten up in UP

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West Midnapore: TMC supporters allegedly argue with a police personnel upon the arrival of BJP Candidate of Ghatal Lok Sabha seat Bharati Ghosh, at Keshpur, in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (PTI Photo)

West Midnapore: TMC supporters allegedly argue with police personnel upon the arrival of BJP Candidate of Ghatal Lok Sabha seat Bharati Ghosh, at Keshpur, in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Compared to 84.95 per cent in 2014, this time 80.35 per cent polling was recorded in eight seats in West Bengal, where BJP’s Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was attacked twice by local people when she tried to visit polling stations in her constituency.

Ghosh suffered minor injuries when a group of women allegedly attacked her when she tried to take a BJP agent inside a polling booth at Keshpur area, officials said.

Following this, bombs and stones were hurled towards her convoy when she was going to visit another booth at Dogachia in Keshpur. One of her security guards was injured and a vehicle was damaged, they said.

It is alleged that a TMC worker was injured in firing by Ghosh’s security officers at Dugachia, following which an FIR was registered against her and her security personnel.

BJP candidate Dilip Ghosh also faces an FIR for allegedly causing law and order issues.

At least 26 people were injured in incidents of violence. Central forces also opened fire to control the situation at two places, they said.

In Uttar Pradesh, 54 per cent polling was reported in 14 constituencies. SP president Akhilesh Yadav and Maneka Gandhi are in the fray in the state that sends 80 members to Lok Sabha.

Maneka Gandhi and her rival BSP candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh had a face-off in Sultanpur, with the BJP leader warning him that hooliganism will not work. Singh dismissed her charge.

BJP MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and four others allegedly beat up a presiding officer in Badohi, accusing the official of deliberately slowing the polling process. Poll officials have sought a report on the matter.

Akhilesh is trying to retain his father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s seat against Bhojpuri film star ‘Nirahua’ of the BJP in Azamgarh.

In Bihar, around 59.38 per cent turnout was recorded for the eight seats.

A polling officer was killed at a booth in a freak incident of firing by a home guard before polling started in Sheohar constituency.

Haryana recorded 69.50 per cent turnout in 10 Lok Sabha seats and officials said no untoward incident was reported and polling remained peaceful in the state.

However, Congress’ Rohtak candidate Deepender Singh Hooda, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term, accused Haryana Minister and Rohtak MLA Manish Grover of “intimidating” voters by forcibly entering some polling booths.

Grover, however, rejected the charge claiming that Deepender, who is the son of former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, made baseless allegations in the face of “imminent defeat”.

Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are among the 223 candidates in fray in Haryana.

In Jharkhand, an estimated 65.17 per cent turnout was recorded for four Lok Sabha seat.Officials said no untoward incident was reported.

Madhya Pradesh, which recorded 64.01 per cent turnout, saw several heavyweights contesting the polls.Eight constituencies went to polls Sunday.

In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh was locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur.

Scindia, who is seeking re-election from Guna seat, is locked in a battle with BJP’s K P Yadav.Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena.

Over 10.17 crore people were eligible to decide the fate of 979 candidates.

(PTI)