Third phase poll peaceful in Bengal: Special observer
Polling in the third phase election in nine Lok Sabha constituencies was, by and large peaceful, Election Commission's Special Observer in West Bengal Sudhir Kumar Rakesh said today.
Addressing a media conference here, Mr Rakesh said most of the complaints he received about irregularities were thoroughly examined and found incorrect.
'Polling for the third phase election in nine Lok Sabha constituencies was free, fair and and peaceful like two previous polls on April 17 and 24,' he said.
West Bengal has already held three of the five-phased poll for all the 42 seats. Dates for the remaining two phases are May 7 and 12.
He said there had been not such incident that could vitiate the whole poll process of any constituency.
He also called for producing proof for any specific incident about irregularities and said all the central forces were deployed as the situation demanded.
Mr Rakesh also visited some of the areas in Howrah to assess the situation.
However, Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the Left parties had lodged specific complaints with the EC urging it to act. He said despite repeated appeals deployment of central forces were not adequate, neither route march conducted and voters were intimidated by the ruling party supporters in their homes.
West Bengal Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya also alleged large-scale rigging, booth jamming, intimidation and demanded repoll in several booths.
Congress candidate Abdul Mannan demanded repoll in 682 polling booths in his Sreerampur Lok Sabha seat.
Burdhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat CPI(M) candidate Sk Saidul Haque said they would continue a sit-in dharna at the DM's office in Burdhaman until assurance came for repolling in Burdhaman municipal areas where "large scale rigging" took place.
(Posted on 30-04-2014)