Kolkata: In a video that has gone viral on social media platforms, BJP's star candidate Roopa Ganguly was seen slapping a woman supporter of Trinamool Congress (TMC) at a polling booth in Howrah.
Roopa Ganguly inside a polling booth during 4th phase of assembly elections in Howrah. Pic/PTI
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The actress faced angry protests by Trinamool Congress activists in her constituency during the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly polls.
Roopa Ganguly is contesting West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 from north Howrah seat on BJP's ticket. She is pitted against TMC's candidate and ex cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla.
The actress-turned-politician contesting from Howrah North alleged 'rampant booth capturing' and voter intimidation by Trinamool goons in her constituency. "Since morning I have been getting complaints of our voters being intimidated and polling agents being assaulted and driven out of the booths. When I tried to intervene and asked the poll officials to intervene, Trinamool goons surrounded and bad-mouthed me," said Roopa.
"All the protests and heckling are being done with the single motive of preventing me from reaching the booths. Even the police is sending central security forces after me to ensure the booths remain unmanned so that the Trinamool can cast false votes," she added.
Rubbishing her allegations, Trinamool candidate and ex-cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla in turn accused Roopa of trying to influence the voters. "Voting has been peaceful and there is no report of any malpractices. In fact, it's she who has been trying to influence voters and disrupting the poll process. The party has initiated a complaint against her with the EC," said Shukla.
- With inputs from IANS