Some miscreants even reportedly cut off power supply to the area to avoid getting caught by police.
Shah termed the incidents in the rural polls that claimed 39 lives as “bloodcurdling” violence.
This shift in voting pattern could mean the results of the 2024 Parliamentary elections may well be different from what both the ruling party and the principal opposition would like to see.
Disclosing the influx of the people, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said they were lodged at a relief camp.
South 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur and Cooch Behar recorded more clashes during the days of the filing of nomination papers.
The election assumes significance for political parties as it will serve as an opportunity for them to assess their organisational strengths and weaknesses ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
The challenger for the TMC in this election is not so much the BJP even though it is the official opposition in the West Bengal State Assembly with 70 lawmakers.
Former CPI(M) Lok Sabha member Samik Lahiri said that the situation in the state is not under control of police but that of the anti-social elements.
Around 5.67 crore people are eligible to cast their votes in the three-tier panchayat elections in the state on July 8 for nearly 74,000 seats in zilla parishads, panchayat samitis and gram panchayats
“Mustafa was taken to a local healthcare centre with severe injuries on his head but the doctors declared him dead on arrival,” said a police officer.
Opposition parties have been alleging that the ruling Trinamool Congress supporters resorted to violence to prevent their candidates from filing nomination papers.
Several vehicles were vandalised and a huge contingent of police personnel rushed to the spot and resorted to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control.
The division bench refused the plea for filing nominations online as demanded by opposition parties citing the ruling party’s highhandedness.