APRIL 30, Tuesday
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Violence mars voting in Bengal; turnout up in fourth phase
EC registers FIR against BJP’s Babul Supriyo for forcibly entering a booth
The fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election on Monday, covering 71 constituencies across nine States and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, was marred by several incidents of violence in West Bengal, where polling was held for eight seats.
The overall voter turnout in the 71 seats registered an increase, with the participation of more than 64%, compared to 63.05% in 2014.
The Election Commission said a First Information Report had been registered against Union Minister Babul Supriyo, the BJP candidate from Asansol in West Bengal, for forcibly entering a polling booth.
Another case has been filed against unknown persons for smashing the rear wind-shield of his vehicle, after he left the booth and was confronted by some local persons.
In West Bengal, there was a decline in the turnout from 83.38% in the previous general election to 76.72%, while a similar trend was noticed in Odisha that recorded 68%, both in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, as against 73.75% the last time.