Second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls ends; 79.70% voter turnout recorded

| Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 21:05
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West Bengal elections

WB polls in the second phase saw 79.70% voter turnout | IANS photo

Kolkata: The second phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls ended on Sunday with a voter turnout of 79.70%, almost 20% more than the voter turnout on April 11. 
There were reports of clashes between the cadres of Trinamool Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CPI(M). 
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Assembly polls witnessed an overall voter turnout of 39.23% till 11 am even as citizens queued up to excersise their voting rights. The mornig had started on a rather placid note with a 21.9% turnout till 9 am.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged all voters to turn out in large numbers in an address early morning.
"As Phase II of the West Bengal polls begins, I urge all those voting today to turnout in record numbers & vote," he tweeted.
383 candidates, including 33 women, are in the fray for the 56 seats spread in seven districts.
About 1.21 crore citizens are enrolled for the second phase of polling to vote for five constituencies in Alipurduar, seven in Jalpaiguri, six in Darjeeling, nine in Uttar Dinajpur, six in Dakshin Dinajpur, 12 in Malda and 11 in Birbhum districts.
More than 13,600 polling stations have been put up including 311 model booths.
Meanwhile, despite the heavy security deployed in the region, clashes broke out between different party workers in which at least three people were injured. A violent scuffle broke out between Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Bharatiya Janata Party workers near a polling station in Birbhum.
Last night the Congress, CPI (M) common office in North Dinajpur was vandalised and ransacked. The Congress alleged TMC's hand in it.

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