There was brisk polling in the Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency (SC) in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district and Krishnaganj (SC) Assembly constituency in Nadia district which went to polls here on Friday.
The polling was largely peaceful with 79.80 % votes polled in Bongaon and 81.80 in Krishnaganj until 6 pm.
“The polling percentage is likely to increase later in the evening. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections 83.37 % votes were cast in Bongaon and 84.14 % votes were polled in Krishnaganj,” Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal Sunil Kumar Gupta told media persons.
According to EC officials though by-polls are usually marked with less voter turn out, the voters of these two constituencies exercised their franchise much like the Lok Sabha polls.
The Bongaon Lok Sabha seat where there are 11 candidates in fray has 15,65,447 voters and Krishnaganj with 2,44,988 voters has five candidates.
According to Mr. Gupta there were no reports of any deaths, booth capturing, poll boycotting and disruption of polling in both the constituencies.
However, the Communist Party of India-Marxist alleged in a written complaint to the Election Commission of India that the Trinamool Congress cadre entered into a scuffle with their candidate from Bongaon Debesh Das when he visited the polling booths in Kataganj Primary School. “However, there was no injury or assault. No formal police complaint has been filed yet,” said Mr. Gupta.
The BJP candidate from Krishnaganj Manabendra Ray was confined by the TMC cadres in a primary school by Trinamool cadre. But there was no physical assault and any police complaint had not been filed yet.
Two presiding officers in Krishnaganj and Bongaon were removed for allowing elderly voters to vote with a companion without proper documents.