West Bengal: 3 killed, 2 injured after crude bomb explosion in Murshidabad Picture: Crude bombs being hurled during a BJP-Trinamool Congress clash at Sirsita village under Panrui police station of Birbhum district, West Bengal, on Nov. 15 2014. [Representational Image]IANS

Two Congress workers were killed in bomb blasts in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on Friday as violence related to the municipal elections in the state escalated. 

Local body elections began in West Bengal's Asansol, Howrah, Bidhannagar and Siliguri municipality areas on Saturday.

Fresh clashes were reported on Saturday from the Bidhannagar area as Trinamool Congresss (TMC) workers accused an independent candidate of attempting to capture a polling booth, while BJP and TMC workers clashed in the Jamuria area. 

Two Congress workers were killed when bombs exploded in the Patharghata village on Friday night, ANI news agency reported. 

TMC is likely to face stiff competition from the Left Front as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party which has been making inroads in the eastern state.