Clashes broke out in the morning in West Bengal’s Asansol as voting was held in the fourth round of the national election. The vehicle of BJP candidate and Union Minister Babul Supriyo was vandalised outside a polling station in Barabani when a fight erupted between workers of the BJP and the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress.
Visuals showed Babul Supriyo sitting in a car with the rear windows smashed. He said he would be on the road and visit every polling station where trouble was reported. “I will take central forces with me. People are saying give us central forces, let us vote,” he alleged.
The police used batons to control clashes that started at a polling booth after Trinamool workers insisted on continuing the voting process while BJP activists demanded that central forces come to the spot first.
The 48-year-old leader had a heated argument with polling officials inside a booth, following which Trinamool Congress supporters attacked his vehicle.
Babul Supriyo, who represents Asansol in parliament faces the Trinamool’s Moon Moon Sen in the constituency. Moon Moon Sen, who defeated nine-time lawmaker Basudeb Acharia of the Left in Bankura in 2014 to earn the name of “giant-killer”, has been moved to Asansol this time as the Trinamool tries to snatch the seat from the BJP.
The eight constituencies voting in Bengal today are in the most violence-prone belt of the state, which is voting in all seven phases of the national election