Kolkata, May 6: A scuffle broke out between Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Prasun Banerjee and security forces at a polling booth in West Bengal's Howrah on Monday. According to a report, Prasun Banerjee, who is seeking re-election from the Howrah Lok Sabha seat, was roughed up by central forces and thrown out of the polling booth. In a video of the incident, Banerjee is seen arguing with security forces.
Banerjee, a former Indian footballer, got into an argument with officers at polling booth number 49 and 50. He has locked horn against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Rantidev Sen Gupta. Banerjee emerged victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by defeating the CPI(M) candidate Sridip Bhattacharya. To defeat the TMC MP, CPI(M) fielded Sumitra Adhikary, while Congress has announced Suvra Ghosh as its candidate. West Bengal Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 4: Over 76 Percent Voter Turnout Recorded Despite Violence.
Polling began in seven Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal at 7 am on Monday. Voting was marred by violence and attacks on two BJP candidates Arjun Singh and Locket Chatterjee. In the last Lok Sabha polls in 2014, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress had won all these seven seats. The subsequent phases of polling in the state will take place on May 12 and May 19.
A scuffle breaks out between TMC MP Prasun Banerjee and security forces:
#WATCH West Bengal: Scuffle breaks out between TMC's MP from Howrah, Prasun Banerjee and security forces at polling booth no. 49 & 50 in Howrah. #LokSabhaElections2019 #Phase5 pic.twitter.com/UOoZcEzUce
— ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019
Polling in 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal have been completed in the first four phases. The results will be declared on May 23.