September 22, 2019 | 4:21 AM IST
west bengal

TMC allegedly sprayed ‘ittar’ on EVMs; Sniff fingers of voters

West Bengal had a 77% turnout in the eight seats of the fourth phase (and its first) of 17th Lok Sabha elections amid slight reports of clashes, Trinamool Congress played sly to ensure that the vote was cast in its favour and that the EVMs were not rigged. The incident occurred in Majhigram village of Mangalkote area in Birhum Lok Sabha constituency wherein TMC workers sprayed ‘ittar’ perfume on the voting button corresponding to TMC candidate (symbol being ghas phool or the grass flower). The workers would then sniff the finger of the voters after they cast their vote.

According to reports, the party workers were standing at a safe distance to make sure the votes were polled in their direction. Fingers of those who did not have the fragrance were harassed by the TMC workers. The report added that several such complaints were registered by those whose fingers did not have the perfume. The TMC has, however, denied the charges, says a report.

Meanwhile, in another incident, the Election Commission on Monday filed an FIR against BJP candidate from Asansol and union minister Babul Supriyo for entering the poll booth with armed guards. Another FIR has been filed against unknown persons for allegedly stone-pelting Supriyo’s car recently. The stone-pelters are said to be TMC supporters, but he escaped unharmed with only the rear windshield of the vehicle being damaged.

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