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           violence, virus and ‘dirty tricks’

           the never-ending drama

                           of Bengal elections

            Amit Shah says BJP will win more than 200 seats in the ongoing polls

        Our Bureau                                                                                                    ister Amit Shah asserted that

        Kolkata                                                                                                       Chief Minister Mamata Baner-
                                                                                                                      jee will exit the state on May 2
                 n Saturday, during the                                                                               and the Bharatiya Janata Party
                 fifth phase of the West                                                                              (BJP) will win more than 200
        OBengal Assembly elec-                                                                                        seats in the ongoing polls.
        tions, central forces allegedly                                                                                   Meanwhile, a Trinamool
        opened  fire  in  polling  station                                                                            Congress (TMC) delegation
        number 215 in the Deganga                                                                                     led by leaders Yashwant Sinha,
        constituency in North 24 Par-                                                                                 Derek O’Brien and Purnendu
        ganas. Speaking to the media,                                                                                 Basu met the Election Commis-
        Mohammed Jabirullah Mondal                                                                                    sion (EC) regarding the ‘illegal’
        on said: “We were voting peace-                                                                               recording of a conversation be-
        fully when they (central forces)                                                                              tween West Bengal Chief Min-
        suddenly appeared and chased                                                                                  ister Mamata Banerjee and par-
        our men in the fields... Around                                                                               ty candidate Partha Pratim Ray.
        7-8 forces arrived and chased                                                                                     Speaking to the media,
        four of our men who were lying                                                                                Sinha said: “We met the EC to
        here and opened fire. We do not                                                                               register a complaint that a day
        know why they started shoot-                                                                                  before the elections, the BJP
        ing.” He further informed that                                                                                released a so-called tape of the
        the forces fired a single round                                                                               West Bengal CM and it is clear
        and no one was injured.                                                                                       that this is the result of BJP’s
            Furthermore, another per-                                                                                 dirty tricks department. It is re-
        son named Abir Hussain said                                                                                   leased just a day before voting
        there were five to six people rest-                                                                           to influence voters.” He further
        ing in the shade at the polling                                                                               informed that the big question
        station when the central forces                                                                               raised before the Commission
        arrived and opened fire. Mean-                                                                                was who was taping the conver-
        while, locals alleged that central                                                                            sations of the Chief Minister.
        forces vandalised polling booth                                                                                   “I have been a minister and
        number 81 in Kumarpur in the                   West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds               I wanna say that there is a pro-
        Deganga constituency.                 a football during a public rally ahead of the sixth phase of West Bengal   scribed procedure even for re-
            A    Trinamool      Congress        Assembly election, at Galsi in East Bardhaman on Saturday. (ANI)      cording the conversations of a
        (TMC) workers named Sa-                                                                                       criminal,” he said.
        habuddin said: “They came back  for the Bharatiya Janata Party  Nadia, North 24 Parganas and                      Prior to this, the delegation
        here and vandalised the station,  (BJP).”                                Purba  Bardhaman  in  the  fifth     also wrote a letter to the state
        beat up voters and hurled abus-         Polling  for  the  fifth  phase  phase. A total of 319 candi-         Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)
        es. Five were injured. They tore  concluded with a voter turnout  dates, including 39 women are               accusing the BJP of illegally re-
        up Mamata Banerjee’s posters.  of 78.36 per cent in a total of 45  in the fray in Phase-V.                    cording a conversation between
        Our only fault is that we are  constituencies covering the dis-              Amid the fifth phase of West     Banerjee and Ray.
        Didi’s workers, and they are  tricts of Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong,  Bengal Assembly elections on                      “In the said conference, it
        central forces, who are working  Darjeeling and a segment of  Saturday, Union Home Min-                          Continued on next page... >>

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