State Election Commissioner S R Upadhaya told reporters, "Till one pm, over 40 percent polling was recorded. 43 percent polling was registered in Bidhannagar and Siliguri while Asansol recorded 47 percent polling." Upadhaya said that the SEC has been receiving numerous complaints about malpractices, rigging and violence.

"We have received complaints of rigging and violence both from political parties and individuals. In some places media personnel were also attacked, we have seen the video footage. We have asked the police to take necessary action," he said.

Accusing TMC of unleashing a reign of terror to loot votes in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, CPI(M) called 12-hour bandh in Bidhannagar-Rajarahat area on Monday protesting against alleged violence and malpractices.

Announcing his party's decision to call a bandh on Monday, CPIM leader Gautam Deb said, "We will organise protest march tomorrow against rigging and malpractices by TMC. They are trying to take away the democratic rights of the masses".

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