PTI, New Delhi, 17 April : As West Bengal goes to polls tomorrow, the Election Commission today appealed to the voters to cast their ballot "without fear" and "inducement".
The state, with some political violence, will go for a six-phased assembly elections from tomorrow. The first phase will cover 54 of the 294 constituencies with 97.42 lakh voters expected to exercise their franchise.
Kolkata, 17 April : CPI(M) leader and state Housing minister Goutam Deb's allegation that Trinamool Congress has distributed black money to its candidates to fund election expenses has now come under scrutiny of the Election Commission.
State's Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kumar Gupta today said that he has collected a number of paper cuttings from leading newspapers here and sent them to EC office in New Delhi for scrutiny by the DG of Expenditure Monitoring.
Kolkata, 17 April : Union minister Mukul Roy's son Subhranshu Roy, a Trinamool candidate, was today arrested by police in North 24 Parganas district after absconding since Tuesday after an FIR was filed by Election Commission against him and others for allegedly assaulting its team members. "A police team, led by an SDPO, arrested Roy," North 24 Parganas SP Rahul Srivastav said. Mukul Roy, a Trinamool leadder, is Minister of State for Shipping.
Burdwan, 17 April : AICC will take decision on the fate of two rebel Congress MPs who have been campaigning against the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance candidates in West Bengal Assembly elections, WBPCC chief Manas Bhuniya said today.
"We have been watching the anti-alliance activities of Adhir Chowdhury in Murshidabad district and Deepa Dasmunshi in North Dinajpur district. AICC will take the decision on their fate," Bhuniya told reporters at Daihata after attending a poll rally.
Kolkata, 17 April : Left Front chairman Biman Bose today said that former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee , who was expelled from CPI(M), was free to campaign for LF candidates, while defending the charges made by CPI(M) leader Gautam Deb against opposition Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Agartala, 17 April : Tripura Governor D Y Patil has asked the state government to shift his residence from the 95-year old Raj Bhavan to a safer place as the present building might crumble during an earth quake, officials said today.
Earlier the governor had sent a letter to the government for shifting his residence and this time he sent his reminder to chief Secretary S K Panda on Thursday last and urged him to make arrangements to shift the residence as early as possible.
The present Rajbhavan was built in early 1917 by the then king Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-1923) and named it as Pushpavant Palace, which served as a guest house in the princely state of Tripura.