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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In West Bengal at least 108 incidents of EVM malfunction have been reported.
  • In Kanthi Dakshin, voters have claimed that despite voting for TMC, their vote has been cast in favour of the BJP.
  • The leaders questioned how drastically within 5 minutes the voters’ percentage felt drastically.
  • A 10-member delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien will meet the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
  • In West Midnapore, the dead body of a BJP worker has been found.

Today afternoon, a 10-member delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien meet the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) regarding the voting percentage on the poll body’s mobile application.

In the meeting, the TMC leaders would question the EC over the alleged discrepancy in voter turnout application and EVM malfunction. As of 9 am, reportedly at least 108 incidents of EVM malfunction were reported in the state.

Taking to their official Twitter handle, TMC raised their voice against this malfunction. They questioned the Election Commission of India (ECI) on how the voting percentage reduced drastically to half within five minutes.

“What is happening ECI-SVEEP? Could you explain how voting percentage drastically reduced to half within a gap of just 5 minutes?! Shocking!” the TMC wrote. The party further urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter.

Along with the above statement, the TMC shared two screenshots of the Election Commission’s voter turnout app. According to the pictures, the voter turnout in assembly seats in the Purbo Medinipur district rose by over 10 percent in five minutes.

Meanwhile, in another tweet, the TMC claimed that the voters in the Kanthi Dakshin have complained that despite voting for TMC, their vote has been cast in favour of the BJP.

On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the TMC of creating disturbances at polling booths. In Midnapore at booth numbers 266 and 267, a few TMC workers had entered to influence the voters.

Amid the first phase of the election, a bombing and firing incident also took place in the Satsatmal village at the Argoal gram panchayat in the Bhagabanpur assembly constituency.

As a consequence, two security personnel have been injured. Meanwhile, in West Midnapore, the dead body of a BJP worker has been found.

As of 11 am, the voter turnout in West Bengal stood at 16.44 percent while Assam recorded 13.10 percent polling. The Assembly election in West Bengal will take place in eight phases commencing from today.

The counting of votes will take place on May 2. This year, it is an intense tussle of power between the BJP and TMC. Several TMC leaders have switched to BJP.

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