On March 27, the pollings for Phase 1 of the West Bengal and Assam Assembly elections were held and amid sporadic issues a major turnout of voters was noticed. Noticeably no major issues took place during the election process in both Assam as well as West Bengal. Today while addressing the media in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah revieweing the polling process said, "Yesterday, after many years, the polling process was held without any incident of violence in West Bengal."
The minister claiming assurity said, " BJP will form government in West Bengal with more than 200 seats." He thanked the women of West Bengal for polling in favour of the BJP.
The minister said that he held discussion with the booth level workers and party leaders. "From the discussion, I can say out of 30 seats in West Bengal we will win more than 26 seats. We have got clear indications that BJP will win more than 37 seats out of 47 seats in Assam," he added.
Besides, Shah thanked the people of West Bengal and Assam for voting in favour of BJP.
30 Assembly constituencies that went for polling on Saturday were largely peaceful with over 80 percent turnout recorded till 6 pm, an official said.
East Midnapore recorded the highest turnout at 82.51 percent, followed by Jhargram at 80.56 percent, West Midnapore at 80.12 percent, Bankura at 79.90 percent, and Purulia at 77.07 percent.
“Fearing defeat the TMC is unleashing violence and this clearly proves that this the last resort of the ruling TMC. I was passing through Contai the TMC supported hurled bricks at my car and smashed its window panes,” Soumendu was heard saying after his car was attacked. His driver had sustained minor injuries.
At Contai (South) and East Midnapore, the voters agitated in front of the polling booth as according to them the EVM malfunctioned.
“There is a problem in the EVM machines. Despite casting the vote in favor of TMC the vote is getting registered for BJP,” complained a local voter of East Midnapore.
Despite all odds and sweltering heat, long queues especially of women were seen outside every polling booth.
According to an election official due to the sweltering heat, the voters’ turnout gradually increased after the sunset as till 3 pm the total turnout was recorded at 50. 1 percent that gradually increased to over 80 percent till 5 pm.