News Frontliner Web Desk, 23 April 2019: Amidst violence, murder, intimidation, booth capturing, false voting and of course EVM malfunction, the third phase of the seven phase Lok Sabha election of world’s largest democracy ended at 6 pm today. Polling has been held in 117 seats across 13 states and two Union Territories on 23 April. With Phase 3, polling being over, 302 seats of the 542 Lok Sabha seats gets completed.
One Congress cadre identified as Tiyarul Sheikh, succumbed to injuries outside booth number 188 in the Bhagwangola Assembly segment of Murshidadbad constituency.
Report says, that when 51 year old Tiyarul went to vote at a polling booth in the locality he was attacked by TMC cadres. Soon a clash erupted between Congress and TMC workers. Seikh who sustained a severe stab injury in his abdomen was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Two other persons including a Congress and a TMC worker were also critically injured in the clash.
Amidst allegation and counter allegation between Congress and TMC, the EC has sought report of the incident EC as usual has sought a report of the incident; and one knows the report will stay in paper only. Things will be quite once again, precious life would continue to end and again report will be sought!
Apart from Murshidabad, Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar (North), Maldaha Dakshin (South) and Jangipur Lok Sabha constituencies went to polls in Bengal in the third phase on 23 April.
There were reports of crude bombs being hurled by bike-borne miscreants outside polling stations at Tiktikipara in Domkal, Murshidadbad, and Kaliachawk in Malda South.
In Domkal, a Trinamool Congress councillor’s husband was also beaten up allegedly by Congress-backed goons.
In South Dinajpur district, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader sustained serious injuries when he was attacked with a sharp weapon, allegedly by Trinamool-backed goons at Tapan, while the BJP’s Balurghat candidate Sukanta Majumdar was threatened. In the Kusmandi area, Trinamool activists allegedly thrashed BJP supporters.
Opposition parties — the Congress and the CPI-M — alleged that Trinamool supporters threatened their agents and voters in many booths in Murshidabad’s Bhagobangola and Jalangi areas. Firings by miscreants, purportedly owing allegiance to the Trinamool Congress to threaten opposition agents, were also reported in Murshidabad’s Kumripur.
Faulty Electronic Voting Machines stalled voting in a few polling stations in Malda North seat.