Polls conclude peacefully in Kolkata North & South; Rahul Sinha, Babul Supriyo face ire of TMC supporters
Kolkata: Voting in the parliamentary constituencies of Kolkata North and Kolkata South concluded peacefully, with the exception of BJP's North Kolkata candidate Rahul Sinha and BJP leader Babul Supriyo facing agitation from Trinamool congress supporters because of their alleged 'overactive behavior'.
Sinha was greeted with 'Chor Hai' slogan at KG Basu Sarani in Tiljala under the Entally Assembly constituency, where he went and complained about proxy voting to the presiding officer at booth number 176 and 177.
As Sinha came out of the booth, some voters who were waiting at the queue to exercise their franchise alleged that Sinha's intervention is causing unnecessary delay in the election process and some Trinamool Congress supporters started shouting slogans. Subsequently, Sinha wasted no time and left the spot.
BJP leader Babul Supriyo was also greeted with 'Go Back' slogan after he alleged proxy voting while standing in the queue for voting at Aryakanya Maha Bidyalaya at Bidhan Sarani under Jorasanko Assembly constituency. Supriyo, who had contested on BJP's ticket from the Asansol Lok Sabha seat, is a voter of the Jorasanko area. Local leadership of Trinamool Congress alleged that the BJP leader was misguiding voters with his claims of proxy voting.
Meanwhile, there was a stray incident of bombing reported from Rabindra Sarani area in Girish Park, in which one Ajay Singh sustained a minor splinter injury in his foot. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and discharged.
Local residents alleged that two persons had come on a motorcycle and hurled two bombs. A quick response team immediately reached the spot and ensured that people in the area did not get panic stricken because of the act.
EVM glitches in a number of booths in both North and South Kolkata also caused some delay in polling at some booths. EVM malfunctioning was reported from two booths at Rabindra Bharati University, one booth at Moyrapara area in Cossipore and a single booth at Amherst Street City College.
Voting in Kolkata South constituency was peaceful, apart from a number of EVM glitches. Mala Roy, the Trinamool candidate from the constituency, was allegedly stopped from entering a booth at Mudiali area in Tollygunge. Later, the presiding officer in the booth intervened and the situation was normalised.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee voted at around 3.30 pm at Mitra Institution in Bhowanipore. Party candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency Abhishek Banerjee, who also voted at Mitra Institution earlier in the day, said that even God cannot save Modi from losing the Lok Sabha elections.