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India begins voting in 2 states in key test for Modi
The voter turnout for the first phase for polling in West Bengal stood at 54.90 per cent as of 1 pm while Assam recorded 45.24 per cent polling.
A delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) met the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) at 12 noon and demanded that from the next phase the polling agent must be local of the concerned polling booth.
Taking to Twitter, the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) questioned the Election Commission of India (ECI) on how the voting percentage reduced drastically to half within five minutes.
"What is happening @ECISVEEP?! Could you explain how voting percentage drastically reduced to half within a gap of just 5 minutes?! Shocking! @CEOWestBengal, please look into this urgently!" AITC tweeted.
A BJP delegation led by party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya met CEO West Bengal at 2 pm today.
Meanwhile, the voter turnout for the first phase for polling in West Bengal stood at 54.90 per cent as of 1 pm while Assam recorded 45.24 per cent polling.
In West Bengal, 30 seats are going to polls in the first phase while in Assam, 47 constituencies across 12 districts are going to polls in the first of the two-phased poll for a total of 126 members Assam Assembly.
Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Modi, have campaigned heavily to win West Bengal for the first time and dislodge the state’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, as well as retain power in northeastern Assam state.
It was the first phase of voting in both states, and the results won’t be known for months.
The BJP has for years been accused of stoking religious polarization and discriminating against minorities, and faces stiff challenges in both states with nearly 30% Muslim population. Nationwide, Muslims comprise nearly 14% of the 1.4 billion people, while Hindus make up 80%.
Manmohan Singh, a former prime minister and an opposition Congress party leader, criticized the BJP's Hindu nationalism, saying that society is being divided on the basis of religion, culture and language. "The basic rights of the common man are being denied and there is an atmosphere of tension and fear."