In India, about 107 million people voted across 95 Lok Sabha seats in 12 states and Union Territories in the second of India’s seven-phase staggered general elections amid reports of violent clashes from eastern and southern regions and sporadic complaints of faulty electronic voting machines (EVM).
CPI-M MP and candidate Mohd Salim was attacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress activists in Raiganj constituency where he is seeking re-election when he went to a polling booth to check reports of vote rigging, officials said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also accused the Trinamool Congress of unleashing violence on its opponents, a charge denied by the ruling party in West Bengal.
Campaigning is gaining momentum for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections. Voting in this phase will be held in 116 constituencies, across 13 states and 2 Union Territories, on Tuesday.These include, all 26 constituencies of Gujarat, 20 in Kerala; 14 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka; 10 in Uttar Pradesh; Seven in Chhattisgarh; Six in Odisha; five each in Bihar and West Bengal; Two in Goa, One each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.Election to Tripura (East) constituency was postponed to the third phase for security reasons.BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are scheduled to address rallies in Gujarat today.