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Bengal records nearly 80 percent turnout amid violence

Tweet Kolkata, May 12 (IANS) Political violence left 24 injured as over two crore people – nearly 80 percent of the electorate – voted Monday in 17 Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal in the general election’s final phase. Dubbing the clashes “stray and isolated”, chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta termed the polls – the fifth phase in the state – “peaceful”. “Till 6 p.m., 79.96 percent polling was recorded. People are still in queues and we expect the turnout to go up,” he said. However, the turnout for the 17 constituencies in 2009 stood higher at 82.07 percent. By-elections were also held in two assembly constituencies, Santipur and Chakdaha, in Nadia district. The opposition parties…