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Asansol, 29 April:  A scuffle erupted between Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers and police officials at polling stations in West Bengal’s Asansol over the absence of central forces as polling for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway in the state. The police resorted to lathicharge to contain protesting locals.

The TMC workers allegedly blocked and vandalised the vehicle of Union minister and BJP candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo, who visited polling booths where locals have been protesting. 

Supriyo said that he had already predicted that a ruckus will be created over his visit. “They are trying to stop. I had already predicted before I left home that this would happen whenever I reach here, I already knew this would happen, I was aware of this.”

Meanwhile, polling in eight parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal is underway in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday to decide the fate of 68 candidates in the fray. Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

The eight seats which are up for grabs in this phase include- Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum. The main political parties that are in the election battle in West Bengal are the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front.

An electorate of 1,34,56,491 is eligible to cast their votes in the fourth phase of elections in the state, according to the Election Commission.