Of states having polls only Bengal reported violence Adhir

Kolkata, Apr 7 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Adhir
Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday said that of the four states and
one union territory where assembly elections were held,
incidents of violence were reported only from West Bengal and
the BJP and the TMC are responsible for it.
Chowdhury, the West Bengal Congress president,
however, told reporters that such incidents were fewer in West
Bengal this time in the concluded three phases, thanks to the
efforts of the Election Commission (EC).
"Apart from West Bengal, three other states and one
union territory are going through the polling process but one
can hear incidents like attempt to capture booths, bloodshed
and attacks only from our state," he said.
    Five candidates, including two women, were attacked
allegedly by workers of rival parties in West Bengal during
the third phase of polling on Tuesday, even as Chief Minister
and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged
'blatant misuse' of central forces to 'influence voters'.
    Chowdhury, also the Leader of Congress party in the
Lok Sabha, said that personnel of the central forces alone
cannot prevent every single untoward incident during the
polling and the onus also lies with the state police.
    He also claimed that the Left-Congress-ISF alliance is
cementing its position as the third force in West Bengal but
it is not being highlighted.
    The rally of the alliance at Brigade Parade Ground in
Kolkata on February 28 saw a spontaneous turnout of the people
to fight the "fascist and undemocratic" forces, he said.
    However, the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
at the same place a week later had luxury, ostentation and
power written all over it, the Congress leader claimed.
    It is interesting that both the TMC and the BJP are
stating that their target is 200 seats in the election, he
said. PTI SUS

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