Kolkata (SunstarTV Bureau): After Bombs were hurled in Samserganj, a few hours before voting started, Anarul Haque, a leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress was arrested in this connection.
According to TMC candidate Amirul Islam, said he was only making sure that his agents were present at each polling station and it was his duty to keep an eye on the same.
According to local reports, Islam said Haque and his loyalists had attacked a TMC worker’s house in the area and they were led by Congress candidate Jaidur Rahaman. Rahaman, however, said nobody from the Congress was involved in the bombings and it was entirely an issue of inner fighting in the ruling camp.
Election could not be held in Samserganj as scheduled on April 26 when the seventh of the eight-phase election in Bengal was held because Congress candidate Rezaul Haque passed away due to Covid-19 in early April.
This time, the CPI (M) and Congress have fielded separate candidates even though the two parties had contested the March-April polls as allies. The Left nominee for the seat is Md Modassar Hossain. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contender is debutant Milan Ghosh.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has been tweeting about smooth polls being underway in the minority-dominated constituency. Till 9am, 16.32 per cent polling was recorded across the seat.
Besides Samserganj, bypolls are being held in the keenly watched Bhabanipur Jangipur constituencies. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is seeking a seat to the Assembly from Bhabanipur.