India News | “I’m glad people voted peacefully,” CM Mamata Banerjee after voting in Kolkata civic polls
Calcutta (West Bengal) [India], Dec. 19 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday that she was happy the people voted peacefully in Kolkata’s municipal elections.
“The turnout recorded so far is over 50%. I am happy that people voted peacefully. The Kolkata police are carrying out their duties efficiently,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters after voting in the Mitra Institute in Bhowanipore with his nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
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Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed dissatisfaction with the security provided during the municipal elections and said that the State Election Commission would be held responsible for “any untoward incidents”.
Earlier today, a raw bomb was thrown outside a voting booth, injuring a voter. The incident took place outside the Taki Boys’ School in Ward 36 of North Kolkata.
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According to Kolkata police sources, a congressman has been arrested in connection with the brute bomb explosion. The man was identified by analyzing CCTV footage, police said.
The BJP in a letter to the State Election Commission said: “In front of a booth at the Khanna cinema, bombs were thrown, leaving a mark on the road.
The party also informed the Commission of the Calcutta High Court’s order to place 100 percent of the booths under CCTV coverage, alleging that the lenses of many cameras had been covered.
The BJP had called for the deployment of central forces for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections in the state.
In a letter to the state electoral commission, the West Bengal BJP wrote: “We remind you that on more than one occasion, when we approached you for asking for the CAPF and expressing our confidence in the police from Kolkata, we have expressed our reservations and warned you that if any untoward incident occurs, the Commission will be held responsible. “
Voting took place at 4,959 polling stations in the 144 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) under strict security and with COVID-19 protocols.
The counting of the votes is scheduled for December 21. (ANI)
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