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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Bombs hurled, cars smashed as TMC-BJP battle escalates

The final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the battleground state, which sends 42 members to the Lok Sabha, resembled the earlier six phases that were marked by violence and political clashes.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 20, 2019 07:37 IST
HT Correspondent
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Kolkata
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Kakinara hamlet in Bhatpara assembly constituency resembled a battlefield as workers from the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed with crude bombs and bricks on the roads.(PTI FILE)

Crude bombs rained down in some areas of Bengal that voted on Sunday, even as vehicles were smashed, stones pelted at security personnel and pitched political battles fought on the streets of the state capital.

The turnout for the nine seats stood at 73.51%, according to the Voter Turnout app of the Election Commission of India.

The final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the battleground state, which sends 42 members to the Lok Sabha, resembled the earlier six phases that were marked by violence and political clashes. Despite the EC deploying 710 companies of personnel, reports of violence poured in from all nine parliamentary and four assembly constituencies that went to polls.

In Kakinara hamlet in Bhatpara assembly constituency, Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party workers clashed with crude bombs and bricks. Three police vehicles were ransacked and one was overturned . A few shops in a market were set ablaze, prompting central forces to baton-charge miscreants.

The Bhatpara seat is a prestige fight because incumbent and four-time MLA, Arjun Singh, switched from the TMC to the BJP. Deputy election commissioner Sudeep Jain telephoned special central police observer Vivek Dube, special observer Ajay Nayak and chief electoral officer Aariz Aftab and asked them to control all violence.

TMC candidate from Barasat, Kakali Ghosh Dastidar alleged that central forces personnel tore banners of her party while chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans. “BJP workers along with central forces were carrying out atrocities, which I have never seen earlier,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour, Nilanjan Roy, alleged his car was vandalised. Another car, belonging to a local BJP leader, was vandalised in Kolkata. “Vote was rigged in all 51 booths here. State police and Mizoram Police were mute spectators,” alleged Anupam Hazra, BJP candidate from Jadavpur.

Two drums of crude bombs were found in New Town area, in Barasat. Crude bombs were hurled in Deganga, Raidighi and Kolkata.

A Quick Response Team came under attack in Haroa in Basirhat. Glitches in Electronic Voting Machines were reported from a number of areas including Dumdum, Tollygunge, Rajarhat, Chetla, Golpark, and Kestopur, among others.

BIHAR
ArrahRajkumar Singh, BJP
BuxarAshwini Kumar Choubey, BJP
SasaramChhedi Paswan, BJP
KarakatUpendra Kushwaha, RLSP
JahanabadArun Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
NalandaKaushalendra Kumar, JD(U)
Patna SahibShatrughan Sinha, BJP (now with Congress)
PatliputraRam Kripal Yadav, BJP
PUNJAB
Amritsar:Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress
Anandpur SahibPrem Singh Chandumajra, SAD
BathindaHarsimrat Kaur, SAD
Faridkot (SC)Sadhu Singh, AAP
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)Harinder Singh Khalsa, AAP
FerozepurSher Singh Ghubaya, SAD
GurdaspurSunil Jakhar, Congress
Hoshiarpur (SC)Vijay Sampla, BJP
Jalandhar (SC)Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress
Khadoor SahibRanjit Singh Brahmpura, SAD (SAD-Taksali)
LudhianaRavneet Singh Bittu, Congress
PatialaDharamvira Gandhi, AAP
SangrurBhagwant Mann, AAP
CHANDIGARH
ChandigarhKirron Kher, BJP
HIMACHAL PRADESH
KangraShanta Kumar, BJP
HamirpurAnurag Thakur, BJP
MandiRamswaroop Sharma, BJP
ShimlaVirender Kashyap, BJP
JHARKHAND
GoddaNishikant Dubey, BJP
DumkaShibu Soren, JMM
RajmahalVijay Hansdak, JM
UTTAR PRADESH
BalliaBharat Singh, BJP
BansgaonKamlesh Paswan, BJP
ChandauliMahendra Nath Pandey, BJP
DeoriaKalraj Mishra, BJP
GhazipurManoj Sinha, BJP
GhosiHarinarayan Rajbhar, BJP
GorakhpurPraveen Kumar Nishad, SP
Kushi NagarRajesh Pandey, BJP
RobertsganjChhotelal, BJP
SalempurRavindra Kushwaha, BJP
VaranasiNarendra Modi, BJP
MirzapurAnupriya Patel, Apna Dal
MaharajganjPankaj Chaudhary, BJP
MADHYA PRADESH (8)
DewasManohar Untwal, BJP
DharSavitri Thakur, BJP
IndoreSumitra Mahajan (BJP)
KhandwaNandkumar Singh Chouhan (BJP)
KhargoneSubhash Patel, BJP
MandsaurSudhir Gupta, BJP
RatlamKantilal Bhuria, Congress
UjjainProf Chintamani Malviya, BJP
WEST BENGAL
BarasatKakali Ghosh Dastidar, Trinamool
BasirhatIdris Ali, Trinamool Congress
JoynagarPratima Mondal, Trinamool Congress
MathurapurChoudhury Mohan Jatua, Trinamool Congress
Diamond HarbourAbhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata SouthSubrata Bakshi, Trinamool Congress
JadavpurSugata Bose, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata NorthSudip Bandyopadhyay, Trinamool Congress
DumdumSaugata Roy, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 19, 2019 23:27 IST

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