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83.79 per cent polling recorded in two LS seats of West Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Alipurduar/Kolkata 

An estimated 83.79 per cent of 34.52 lakh voters exercised their franchise in and Alipurduar Lok Sabha constituencies in the first phase of polls in the state, an election department official said Friday.

In (SC), 83.88 per cent electorate cast their votes till 6 pm Thursday, while Alipurduar (ST) seat registered 83.70 per cent polling, he said.

No incident of violence was reported from any part of the two constituencies and the first-phase of the seven-phase election in the state was largely "peaceful", he said.

The ruling (TMC) as well as the opposition BJP and the Congress, however, complained that polling was not undertaken in a free and fair manner in the two parliamentary seats.

TMC alleged that EVMs malfunctioned in several booths and it could be part of the opposition's conspiracy to manipulate votes.

A presiding at Sitalkuchi area of constituency has been showcased following complaints that he allowed some unidentified persons inside the booth, the stated.

Asked about parties seeking re-poll in several polling stations in Cooch Behar constituency, he said the department is reviewing the reports of the presiding officers and a decision will be taken soon.

With the conclusion of the first phase, the fate of 18 candidates in the two seats has been sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines.

The ruling TMC and the BJP are the main contenders in the two north Bengal seats, while Left Front constituents - the Forward and the RSP - and the are fighting to prove their existence.

Polling in the remaining 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held in six more phases.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 13:40 IST