Trinamool Congress leader Abdul Mannan, during a rally in West Bengal's Birbhum area, reportedly told voters his party and he wouldn't tolerate it if they did not vote for them. He also warned the electorate benefits they currently receive would be taken away.
The elections in West Bengal have been marred by violence before and after the polls. The month-long process, of which only the first phased has so far been conducted, and the second phase is slated for Sunday, has also led to deaths of several political workers. Crude bombs were also recovered from different locations.
"We take care of you all year and you don't repay us — this will not be tolerated any more," Mannan is seen as saying in Bengali in a video.
"We will provide all facilities and won't get back anything in return? Won't happen. We are trying to get 800-850 votes. You all have to vote for us, [sic]" he was quoted as saying by ANI.
"I am warning everyone that they must cast their votes in our favour. We have 1,032 voters and if 900 people cast their votes, we don't expect more than 40-50 people to go against us. If our party doesn't receive enough votes then I would know that people have betrayed us," he was quoted as saying by India Today.
At least 2,500 complaints of violence have been registered with the Election Commission (EC) during the two parts of the first phase of the Assembly elections, which included the Left-wing extremism-hit junglemahal area, according to Mail Today.
In Birbhum, where polls will be held on Sunday, disturbance has already been noted as Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar and the officers-in-charge of three police stations have been transferred by the EC following complaints against them by the opposition parties, the Press Trust of India reported.
TMC President of Birbhum district Anubrata Mondal also reportedly threatened voters. He allegedly controls the whole district administration of Birbhum. The EC has initiated action against him, according to the Indian Express.
Four crude bombs were found on Saturday in a school in Malda where electronic voting machines were kept, according to ANI. In another incident, a TMC worker was shot dead in the Hooghly district on Saturday, ANI reported.
Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Birbhum districts will go to polls during the second phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections.