West Bengal was among the states that had constituencies going to polls in all of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections. However, a lot has happened between the sixth phase and the last phase on Sunday. The violence witnessed at Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on Tuesday was unprecedented and made the political battlefield even more intense. Amid the current situation in Bengal politics, Koena Mitra, expressing her support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling party, has appealed the electorate in the state to 'think' before they vote so that they can ‘breathe’ and ‘live again’ while blaming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the state ‘burning.’
A day prior to the elections, the Kolkata-born actress tweeted “WestBengal, think before casting your vote tomorrow. Bengal is burning because of Mamata. Let Bengal breathe, live again!! Vote koro bangali, bachao shonar bangla ke. #BengalWithBJP #Bengal #ModiHaiTohMumkinHai #LokSabhaElections2019.”
Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar are the constituencies that will be voting in the seventh phase.
The actress had previously also lashed out at the CM for her rule in West Bengal, accusing her of supporting violence, even supporting BJP leader Tajinder Bagga, who was detained following the clashes in Kolkata.
Clashes had broken out between BJP supporters and student activists and those of the Left and Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP) during Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Following the clash, the Election Commission decreed on Wednesday that election campaigning for the seventh phase in the state would be suspended 24 hours ahead of the earlier allotted time, and announced key personnel decisions in relation.