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Bhabanipur by-elections: BJP leader alleges attack from TMC, voter turnout 53.32%

At the all important West Bengal Bhabanipur constituency where by-elections are being held, footballer-turned-politician Kalyan Chaubey of the Bharatiya Janata Party alleged he was heckled and his car was ransacked by a group of Trinamool Congress supporters at around 2 pm when he was moving towards booth number 170 from booth number 157.

Bypolls are being conducted on Thursday in three assembly constituencies in West Bengal – Bhabanipur, Samserganj, and Jangipur; as well as one other constituency in Odisha – Pipili. All eyes are on the Bhabanipur by-election, which will decide Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s fate as chief minister.

Talking about his version of the attack, Chaubey said, “Since Section 144 is imposed in the area, I have decided to travel with one guard and my driver. When I was travelling towards booth number 170, suddenly near Paddapukur Road area, a group of youths in six to seven motorcycles intercepted my car and attacked us with iron rods and stones.”

He said, “I was scared and locked my car from inside as they were armed and looking furious. It seems that they came with an intention to kill me. My driver could not accelerate as there was traffic in the area. Somehow, we managed to save our lives.”

Chaubey had filed a complaint to the Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu which he received and initiated an inquiry.

“It was not a political attack and his car was attacked over road rage.” “His (Kalyan Chaubey) car was hit by a motorcycle and after that, both the parties had an argument. In the scuffle, his car was attacked. It was not a political attack,” Basu said.

Responding to the allegations, TMC leader Tapas Roy said, “Polling is underway peacefully in the area. All the allegations of the BJP leader are false and fabricated. They are making some noise because they know that they are going to lose the seat by a huge margin.”

The TMC chief, Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that being elected from her home seat was her “destiny”.

“My victory is necessary to continue as chief minister as it is only me who will fight against CAA, NRC, demonetisation, and the anti-people policies of BJP,” she said.

The voter turnout at the Bhabanipur constituency stood at 53.32 per cent at 5 pm on Thursday. The figure has stayed on the lower side all throughout the day, standing at 48.08 per cent at 3 pm, 35.97 per cent at 1 pm, 21.73 per cent at 11 am and 7.57 per cent at 9 am.

Polling began at 7 am on Thursday for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat and two other constituencies amid tight security and stringent Covid-19 measures.

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