Crude Bombs, Lathicharge in Bengal, Minister Wants Central Forces To Stay

Crude bombs were flung in Bengal’s Bhatpara as two groups clashed and elsewhere, three BJP candidates claimed they came under attack on the last day of polling in the state.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has called for the presence of Central forces in the state till the counting of votes gets over.

Two of the claims came from state capital Kolkata, which is voting today along with the remaining eight seats in the state, which sends the second highest number of members to the Lok Sabha after Uttar Pradesh.

Bengal voted in all seven rounds of the Lok Sabha elections and violence was reported in every round.

The BJP also claimed EVM malfunction from various parts of the state, including in Jadavpur, the heart of Kolkata.

“We fear the TMC will carry out a concerted and synchronised round of violence post-election and that’s why Central forces must remain there. The TMC has been persistent with their ideology of violence. Asked about the BJP workers’ involvement in violence, she said, “I think this is a weak argument. Everyone knows who is indulging in violence”.

Rahul Sinha, BJP candidate for the North Kolkata seat, said he was attacked by a group of men.

Anupam Hazra, expelled Trinamool leader who joined the BJP and is contesting from Jadavpur, said stones were thrown at his car. Similar complaints came from Nilanjan Roy, who is the BJP contender from the Diamond Harbour seat, where Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is the sitting lawmaker.