In an upswing of violence in West Bengal, BJP candidate for Barrackpore, Arjun Singh, on Monday has alleged that he was attacked by Trinamool backers near a polling station. Recounting his experince, Singh said that violence is and will be rampant in West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee's rule.
"Trinamool Congress' hooliganism is at its peak here. People who are doing this hooliganism are from outside (Sodepur, Harda, Pathuria). No action has been taken by the admisnistration. Till Trinamool and Mamata Banerjee are in power, such kind of incidents will keep happening," he said.
Detailing the attack by the sitting MP Dinesh Trivedi's supporters, Singh added that the local police was unhelpful saying:
"Trinamool had gotten people from outside Barrackpore, camped them here through the night and inspite of complaining to the police, no action has been taken. In the morning, our party workers were beaten and chased away when we had gone to get the polling agent."
Trinamool has rebutted the BJP candidate's claim that bike-borne miscreants had tried to influence locals before polling.
The fight for the Barrackpore constituency is between BJP candidate Arjun Singh, who recently defected to BJP and is known for his local connections and sitting Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi.
The fifth phase of Lok Sabha polling is underway on Monday, where voters from seven states will decide the fate of 674 candidates who are in the fray for 51 Lok Sabha seats. The seats where polling is underway are -
Uttar Pradesh: Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich, Kaiserganj and Gonda
Rajasthan: Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa and Nagaur
West Bengal: Bangaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uleberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly and Arambag
Madhya Pradesh: Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul
Bihar: Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran and Hajipur
Jammu and Kashmir: Ladakh and Anantnag
Jharkhand: Kodarma, Ranchi, Khunti and Hazaribagh
The polls will see seats where high profile candidates are contending:
Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Sonia Gandhi (Congress), Rajnath Singh (BJP), Smriti Irani (BJP), Mamata Thakur (TMC), Joy Banerjee (BJP), Rajyavardhan Rathore (BJP), Jyoti Khandelwal (Congress), Maharani Kavita Singh Natiraja (Congress), Jayant Sinha (BJP), Arun Ray (RJD), Chandrika Rai (RJD), Poonam Shatrughan Sinha (SP)