THE KOLKATA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION POLLS on Saturday turned out to be a free run for hooligans denigrating the festival of democracy into a horror for citizens.
The day marked by several incidensts of lobbing crude grenades and hurling bullets at Opposition party cadres, intimidation and assult on voters and polling agents culminated in a sub – inspector of the Kolkata Police being shot at by miscreants at Singhi Bagan in Grish Park towards late in the afternoon.
In all these cases fingers are being pointed at the ruling Trinamul Congress, despite a pre-poll survey projecting 102 seats in its favour out of the 144.
At the close of polls, the turnout stood at 62.41% up from the 61% votes that was cast in the 2010 KMC elections. Election expert and Rabindra Bharati University professor Biswanath Chakraborty said today’s turnout was not normal in the present context and suspected that there had been at least 5 to 6 per cent false voting.
Here are a few snapshots of Saturday’s KMC polls.
On duty policemen at a polling station at Tiljala.