Violence mars fourth phase of India’s staggered national election

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Following the complaint, the EC on Tuesday directed the filing of an FIR against Babul Supriyo for allegedly trespassing into a booth at Barabani under Asansol and threatening a polling agent and an officer. In Baharampur, former Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is attempting a fifth term, while Krishnanagar is set for an absorbing tussle between erstwhile investment banker Mahua Moitra of the Trinamool and BJP contestant former India soccer goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey. He travelled in his vehicle to trouble spots and tweeted the details of the polling booths.

Long after clashes were witnessed during polling in West Bengals Asansol Lok Sabha seat on Monday, Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate from the constituency Moon Moon Sen said she was not aware of it because she was served "bed tea very late" due to which she woke up very late. "However, at many places, the people resisted".

The remaining three phases of the election will be completed by May 19, and vote counting will begin May 23.

At least seven people were injured in the skirmishes in West Bengal's Dubrajpur area after voters were barred from taking in mobile phones to polling stations.

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On Wednesday, the Congress again approached the poll body to complain about an alleged violation by PM Modi; it complained that the Prime Minister's Office, via the policy think tank Niti Aayog, was directing states to provide information for the PM that could help him firm up his election speeches.

Babul Supriyo also tweeted giving the live update of the "violence and brutal intimidation" by Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee's party members. Sources said it was a "blank fire".

Following clashes between TMC and BJP workers, a BJP delegation including Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel and Anil Baluni met Election Commission over poll-related violence. A TMC polling agent said no BJP polling agent was present at the booth.

The BJP has also lodged complaint with the Election Commission regarding the use of the Central armed police forces in the fourth phase in West Bengal. Even if they want to parade, they have to take the state police along with them.

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"I am more or less happy with the election", said Naik.

The poll panel said it replaced 0.44 per cent ballot unit, 0.43 per cent control unit and 1.89 per cent VVPATs as they malfunctioned.

Numerous constituencies are in Uttar Pradesh state in the north and western India's Maharashtra, where the financial capital Mumbai is located.

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