The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) request's for a 12-hour statewide bandh in West Bengal failed to elicit a positive response, with police warning of harsh consequences if the party sought to impose the strike by force.
After occasional events on Sunday, varying from ravaging of automobiles and electronic voting machines (EVMs) to attacks on police officers, the bandh was declared from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening.
The state administration is against bandhs and strikes, according to a notice released by Mamata Banerjee's government, which makes it essential for workers to go to work. Bandhs and strikes interrupt regular life, create trouble for people, and impact their livelihood.
According to police, BJP activists attempted to block the road in locations like Howrah and Cooch Behar, while trains have been blocked in Hooghly since the morning. The cops dispersed the demonstrators. Some Bharatiya Janata Party supporters were detained in Kolkata after they attempted to block a key crossing in Mamata Banerjee's area.
Manoj Malviya, the Director-General of Police (DGP), stated on Sunday that if the Bharatiya Janata party utilized force to close down any store or company, the police would take serious action. The administration has stated that every private and public institution would stay open, according to the DGP.
He stated that the polls were held calmly. There was not a single event to be concerned about. The chief minister advised us that everyone should vote peacefully. There were a few small problems, and they responded quickly. During the day, they detained 51 persons and conducted 790 precautionary arrests.
Sukanta Majumdar, the Bharatiya Janata Parties state president, said that goons supported by the governing Trinamool Congress attacked some of his party's candidates and polled officials, injuring them (TMC). Indeed the Communist Party of India made identical objections (Marxist).
Furthermore, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has requested a briefing on the issue from Saurabh Das, the state electoral commissioner at 3:30 p.m. today.
Life went on as usual in Kolkata today, with public transportation, including the Metro, operating regularly, while the bandh's impact was not seen in industrial districts like in the North 24 Parganas Barrackpore.
The state administration has determined that administration and private enterprises, schools and colleges, stores, marketplaces, industrial establishments, and transportation, among others, would remain open and operate regularly, according to the official decree. The state administration would take the necessary steps to guarantee that there are no delays.
The administration has cautioned that any employee who chooses to stay at work will be classified as dies non and will not be paid.
Although the police denied the BJP's charges, the party is expected to file a complaint with the high court today.
The opposition has already petitioned the Calcutta high court, requesting that central forces be deployed ahead of election day to avert bloodshed. The Bharatiya Janata Party appealed to the Supreme Court after the high court left the decision to the state poll commission. The petition was also rejected by the Supreme Court last week.