West Bengal Elections 2016 Live: Over 52 per cent voting till 1 pm

first_imgPolling for the crucial fourth phase of West Bengal assembly election is underway. The election will seal the fate of many ministers of the ruling Trinamool CongressHere are the live updatesOver 42 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling today even as over 100 people were arrested for bogus voting and booth jamming.Till 11 am, 42.37 per cent voters cast their votes in North 24 Parganas district while the corresponding figure in Howrah was 41.25 per cent. “Till 9.00 am, 21.87 per cent turnout was recorded, with 22.63 per cent in North 24 Parganas and 20.34 per cent in Howrah,” said an Election Commission (EC) official.While the EC claimed the polls to be peaceful so far, the BJP and the Congress alleged false voting in some of the booths. Uproar at a polling booth in Salkia (Howrah), Voters allege that TOverall polling percentage recorded in first two hours of 4th phase of West Bengal assembly election is 21.69 per cent.MC agents are forcing them to vote for TMC .Voting at a polling station in Salt Lake, WB delayed over 30 minutes due to technical prob in EVMs,long queues outside booth. Voting underway for 4th phase of West Bengal election, people cast their votes at a polling booth in Howrah.People queue up outside a polling station in Howrah as voting begins for 4th phase of West Bengal election.Polling for 49 seats in the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections began on Monday morning amidst tight security arrangements.Altogether, 90,000 security personnel including central armed forces have been deployed to ensure free and fair elections.The Trinamool Congress led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is considered to be very strong in the Howrah and North 24 Parganas.Prominent TMC candidtates: Amit Mitra, Purnendu Basu, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Bratya Basu, Jyotipriyo Mullick and Aroop Roy.All eyes will be on jailed former transport and sports minister Madan Mitra, who is contesting from Kamarhati seat in North 24 Parganas district. Mitra was arrested by CBI in December 2014 in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.Polling in the, fifth and sixth phases will be held on April 30 and May 5 for 53 and 25 constituencies, respectively.  advertisementlast_img