Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Sunday said that
results of today`s civic elections in West Bengal would have
an impact on next year`s Assembly polls in the state and
thanked people for turning out in large numbers despite
"We keep our faith in the people who have turned out in
large numbers statewide to cast their votes in the municipal
polls despite provocations," Trinamool leader Mukul Roy told
reporters at the end of voting.
Asked for comments on the party`s expectations about
results and if it would demand advancement of the Assembly
elections if it fared well in these polls, he said, "This is
not the right time to say anything in this regard."
He accused the CPI(M) of indulging in booth-capturing in
five of the 14 wards falling in the West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee`s Jadavpur Assembly constituency and
demanded repolling in two of them in the crucial election to
the 141-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation held today.
Roy, the Union Minister of Shipping, alleged that
outsiders were brought to those wards to capture booths and
obstruct the voters to exercise their franchise in ward number
101,102,103,110 and 114".
"One of our party candidates in one such civic ward in
the Chief Minister`s constituency was manhandled, while two of
our partymen were injured," he alleged.
"We have asked the Election Commission to hold repolling
in ward 110 and 114," he said.
Roy said there was also a unprecedented number of
defective EVM machines in several wards of different
municipalities across West Bengal which went to polls.
"We have lodged complaint to the state Election
Commission on the faulty EVM machines," he said.