The convoy of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari was attacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers in Nandigram. Adhikari is BJP's candidate from Nandigram. Visuals show unidentified men pelting stones on Adhikari's car. The windshield of his vehicle was damaged. Adhikari, however, escaped unhurt. India TV crew was also attacked by the goons. India TV reporter Pawan Nara suffered injuries on his forehead.
All eyes are on battleground Nandigram where Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is engaged in a fierce contest with her protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP. Adhikari crossed over to the BJP last December. Nandigram is one of the 30 seats where polling in the second phase of Assembly elections is currently underway.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in entire Nandigram assembly constituency. A senior official of the poll body told PTI that Nandigram is a sensitive constituency with high profile candidates like Mamata Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari. The prohibitory orders will be valid till April 2 midnight. The poll body deployed 22 companies of central armed police force in the constituency, which has a total of 355 polling booths.
In another related development, Banerjee has slammed the Election Commission for inaction despite her party lodging several poll-related complaints and threatened to move the law courts over it. Mamata said that the TMC lodged 63 complaints since morning but no action has been taken.
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