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A particular community denied voting in Raiganj: BJP

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IANS Kolkata
The BJP on Saturday alleged that voters from a particular community were not allowed to exercise their democratic rights in parts of Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency which went to polls on April 18.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the constituency Debasree Chaudhuri blamed the Trinamool Congress for the irregularity, but claimed the happening would have no bearing on the outcome of the polls, which the saffron outfit would 'easily win'.
Chaudhuri said such instances of irregularities were seen at a few booths in Islampur, Goalpokhor and Chakulia Assembly segments.
"They tried the mischief as they know they would lose. They could not accept this, and tried unfair means. But people had already decided they would vote against the Trianmool," Chaudhuri said.
The Election Commission has ordered repoll in three polling booths of the constituency on April 28 alongside the fourth phase polls.
Asked whether such anomalies had taken place in these booths, Chaudhuri said: "I had sought repoll in nine booths. Repolling would be held in one of these booths."
But CPI-M politburo member Mohammad Salim called it a "fake news" spread by a media house.
"That it was a lie was proved then and there," he said.
Echoing Salim, former state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said: "We have not come across any such allegation. Had we received, we would have lodged a complaint with the Election Commission."
--IANS
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First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 12:12 AM IST

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