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55.9pc cast votes till 1 pm in West Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Alipurduar 

Around 55.9 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm in two parliamentary constituencies in on Thursday, an said.

An estimated 55.44 per cent of voters cast their ballots in the (SC) constituency, while 56.45 per cent polling was recorded in the Alipurduar (ST) seat, till 1 pm, a of the said.

"Polling is taking place peacefully everywhere. We have not received any such complaints which could not be resolved," said.

A total of 34,51,883 electorate in the two constituencies will decide the fate of 18 candidates.

Trinamool leader and North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh, however, alleged that in several booths, EVMs are malfunctioning.

Ghosh claimed that it could be part of a conspiracy to manipulate votes.

"I have never seen such an election process ever in my life. Jut within two hours, there were so many EVMs which have been malfunctioning. It can be a part of a conspiracy. I have been calling the observers and nobody is picking up my calls," Ghosh told

Basu said the EC would look into the matter.

The ruling TMC in and the BJP are the main contenders in the two north Bengal seats, while the CPI(M)-led Left Front and the are fighting to prove their existence.

constituent is contesting from and RSP in Alipurduar.

district has the distinction of housing 51 enclaves, which became a part of in 2015 after the exchange with The enclaves have 15,000 dwellers.

Alipurduar is a reserved constituency for Scheduled Tribes, as it has a large population of adivasis who migrated to the region during the British era to work in tea gardens.

The TMC has nominated against John Barla of BJP in the seat. The and the RSP candidates are Mohanlal Basumata and Mili Oraon, respectively.

In Cooch Behar, the TMC nominated against BJP's Nisith Pramanik. Piya of the Congress and Gobinda Roy of the are also in the fray.

Around 50 per cent of the polling stations in the two Lok Sabha constituencies are under the watch of paramilitary personnel, besides an adequate number of state forces, to ensure a free and fair elections.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:30 IST