ANI Photo | “We are getting good response”: West Bengal BJP leader Locket Chatterjee expresses confidence in party’s victory in LS polls

BJP’s Hooghly Lok Sabha candidate Locket Chatterjee expressed confidence in her party’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections saying that they are getting a good response.
“We are getting a good response, hope we will get more seats in West Bengal this time than last time,” she told ANI.
Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Locket Chatterjee claimed that rigging of votes was underway at a polling booth set up in Mehandipur primary school in Dhaniakhali, under the Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal.
“This is Ashima Patra’s booth. Last time, rigging of EVM happened here. When I reached here rigging was underway. Some people present here are giving protection, police are not doing anything. They are giving ‘Go Back’ slogans because we are creating trouble in the rigging process,” Chatterjee told reporters on Monday.
Voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections concluded on Monday across all 49 parliamentary constituencies spanning eight States and Union Territories with a voter turnout of 57.51 per cent.
Additionally, polling also ended on 35 Assembly constituencies in Odisha.
According to the poll body, West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout (73 per cent), followed by Ladakh (67.15 per cent), Jharkhand (63.00 per cent), Odisha (60.72 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (57.79 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (54.67 per cent), Bihar (52.60 per cent) and Maharashtra (49.01 per cent).
The voting was held in eight states/UTs comprising Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal during the phase 5 Lok Sabha polls.
As per the ECI, over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5409 third-gender electors, were eligible to decide the fate of 695 candidates in the fifth phase of voting.
In a bid to create a peaceful atmosphere for the electors, a total of 2,000 flying squads, 2105 static surveillance teams, 881 video surveillance teams, and 502 video viewing teams kept surveillance round the clock across the 94,732 polling stations.
A total of 216 international border check posts and 565 inter-state border check posts also kept a strict vigil on any illicit flow of liquor, drugs, cash, and freebies. Strict surveillance was maintained on sea and air routes, the ECI said.
Voting took place in seven constituencies in West Bengal in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday. The constituencies are Arambagh, Bangaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Hooghly, Serampore, and Uluberia Lok Sabha seat.
Polling for the remaining seats will be held in the next two phases on May 25 and June 1. The counting of votes will be held on June 4

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