Ranchi, November 30: Amid polling for the first phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections, Congress candidate from Daltonganj KN Tripathi brandished a revolver on Friday. According to reports, a clash erupted between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress supporters at Koshiyara polling booth after which Tripathi took out his gun. Tripathi was reportedly stopped by BJP MLA Alok Chourasia's supporter from entering the polling booth. Daltonganj Vidhan Sabha Constituency in Jharkhand: Sitting MLA, Candidates For Assembly Elections 2019, Results And Winners.
The video of Tripathi brandishing the gun is now doing rounds on social media. Workers of both the parties broke windowpanes of a police vehicle. The situation was brought under control after the intervention of security personnel deployed at the polling booth.
Video of KN Tripathi Brandishing Gun:
#WATCH Jharkhand: Congress candidate KN Tripathi brandishes a gun during clash between supporters of BJP candidate Alok Chaurasia & Tripathi's supporters. Tripathi was allegedly stopped by BJP candidate's supporters from going to polling booths, in Kosiyara village of Palamu. pic.twitter.com/Ziu8eCq42z
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The Election Commission has reportedly taken cognisance of the incident. The poll-conducting body has also sought a report from the administration. Tripathi accused Chourasia and his supporters of booth capturing. However, the BJP MLA blamed the Congress candidate’s security guards were scaring the voters by showing them guns.
Meanwhile, the voting for the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections 2019 was held on Thursday amid a heightened state of security. A total of 13 constituencies went for polls. Around 62 percent of voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of elections. Earlier in the day, Naxals carried out a low-intensity explosion targeting a bridge in Bishnupur village of Gumla district.