Kolkata: People braved the heavy showers and came out in large numbers in the five municipalities, Durgapur Municipal Corporation and Cooper's Camp notified area to exercise their franchise on Sunday in Bengal civic elections which passed off peacefully.
The average poll percentage was around 77.3 percent with maximum turn out of voters in Dhupguri where
88.7 percent polling was recorded till reports came in on Sunday evening.
The poll percentage at Buniadpur in South Dinajpur where civic polls took place for the first time, was around 80.8 percent.
The poll percentage at Haldia and Panslura municipalities were 86.7 percent and 80.1
It was around 89.7
percent in Cooper's Camp notified area while at Nalhati in Birbhum the turnout was 81.5 percent.
It was Durgapur that witnessed some sporadic incidents in which some policemen were injured when unidentified miscreants attacked them all of a sudden. Subsequently, National Highway 34 was blocked protesting against the incident. The road block was withdrawn after senior police officers intervened.
There were some disturbances in Ward number 13 in Durgapur where there were reports of open firing and hurling of bombs.
Three motorbikes were also set on fire by the miscreants. Police initiated searches for the accused who was responsible in creating unnecessary trouble.
It was in Cooper's Camp notified area where Trinamool Congress workers were attacked. Inside an election booth of Ward number 1, an Independent candidate beat up a Trinamool Congress worker. TMC leaders in the area protested against the incident and demanded proper steps against the Independent candidate.
The Trinamool Congress leaders are quite confident of an excellent result in this election as well.
Meanwhile, there were interesting twists and turns in Haldia since Sunday morning as political parties in the Opposition withdrew their candidates one after the other. It was CPI(M) who was first in the race of withdrawing candidates followed by the BJP and Congress making it easy for the Trinamool Congress.
Suvendu Adhikari, state Transport minister, also sounded confident of his party's win with an overwhelming majority.
There were allegations against the BJP of bringing in miscreants from Bihar and Jharkhand to get an upper hand in the elections in North Bengal.
But it did not work out and there was no untoward incident and it was an absolute peaceful election in Panskura, Haldia, Cooper's Camp notified area and Buniadpur, where people exercised their franchise braving incessant rainfall.