West Bengal Lok Sabha Elections

WATCH: Mamata Banerjee Fields Parallel Force 'Jai Hind Bahini' Amid Poll Clashes, Day After Her Minister's Shocking 'chase CRPF Away With Broomsticks' Order

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

In a breaking development amid the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has fielded a parallel force against the CRPF for the deployment at the polling booths during general elections in the state. 

Mamata Banerjee's parallel force termed as "Jai Hind Bahini" has been placed at West Midnapore district against the CRPF in the state.

Meanwhile, the BJP has filed a complaint to the EC against the force. 

Earlier on Wednesday, West Bengal Minister Ratna Ghosh Kar instigated Trinamool cadre to attack CRPF Jawans on polling duty during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in the state. 

"Nothing is fair or unfair in a war. There are democratic or undemonstrative ways to do it.  You have to win (the war) by any means. I have seen it in 2016 elections, how the Central forces (CRPF) have beaten up our boys (Trinamool workers). There was a bloodbath. This time it is more challenging. There is nothing to be scared," she said recounting the 2016 state polls. 

 

Further, she instructed the women members to 'chase the CRPF away with broomsticks'. 

"I will go to each and every polling booth, irrespective of the presence of the CRPF Jawans. And if the CRPF is taking pro-active action, then I request the Mahila sangh (women's wing) members to pick up broomsticks and chase them away from our area," she added.

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This development has come in the aftermath of violence erupting in parts of West Bengal while the second phase of elections was underway on Thursday. BJP's Raiganj Parliamentary constituency candidate Debasree Chaudhuri alleged that TMC workers tried to capture a polling booth in the region.

"TMC workers were trying to capture booth. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn't election campaign," Debasree alleged.

Following the violence, the state police had to resort to lathi-charge and tear-gas to clear the blockade at Chopra which falls under Darjeeling parliamentary constituency. 

Polling is underway at three constituencies in West Bengal, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, and Raiganj today in the second phase of general elections.

On April 11, Coochbehar and Alipurduar went to the polls. While in phase 3 on April 23, 5 Lok Sabha constituencies will go for polls, 8 Lok Sabha seats in phase 4 on April 29, while 7, 8 and 9 parliamentary constituencies will vote on May 6, May 12 and May 19, respectively. There are 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal.

Polling is being held in Lok Sabha constituencies of Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), Tamil Nadu (38), Uttar Pradesh (8), West Bengal (3), and a single parliamentary seat of Puducherry.

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