Bollywood Turns Out To Vote in 4th Phase of Indian National Elections

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In Nanoor, considered a stronghold for the TMC, local residents led by women, wielded lathis to disperse TMC workers who tried to prevent them from voting.

Further, an FIR has been registered against Supriyo on EC's directive after he stormed into a polling station in Barabani. In Baharampur, former Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is attempting a fifth term, while Krishnanagar is set for an absorbing tussle between erstwhile investment banker Mahua Moitra of the Trinamool and BJP contestant former India soccer goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey. Supriyo's vehicle was also vandalized. He travelled in his auto to trouble spots and tweeted the details of the polling booths.

In the crucial fourth phase of polling on Monday to eight parliamentary segments, there were reports of violence and arson in various places including in Asansol. In Jharkhand's Chatra seat, a voter was arrested for damaging the ballot unit at the end of polling.

Elections in the state have had to be scheduled for seven phases, to enable the movement of central security forces so people could come out and vote without being intimidated. Law and order is the responsibility of the state.

According to a tweet by ANI, clash between TMC workers and security personnel at polling booth number 199 in Asansol was reported on Monday. Sources said it was a "blank fire".

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The petition sought a top court direction to the Election Commission to decide on the complaints filed against Modi and Shah "without any delay or demur, and in any case not later than 24 hours from the [court's] order",Scroll reported. "The specific instances of brazen, baseless, malicious and defamatory allegations against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah", the BJP said in the memorandum.

The direction comes after the Trinamool Congress in a letter to the EC on Monday alleged that the Central Forces were encouraging the BJP candidates by entering booths and influencing voters in West Bengal.

The violence and clashes in Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal continued in the fourth phase too, with the Central ruling Bharatiya Janata Party approached the Poll Body with a complaint asking to deploy Central Forces.

West Bengal has witnessed gruesome political violence this election season.

Almost 55.86 per cent voting was recorded in Maharashtra (17 seats), 59.02 per cent Bihar (five seats) and 64.38 per cent Jharkhand (3 seats), according to data provided by the Election Commission.

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