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April 13, 2021 / 11:09 PM IST

West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: Only BJP can stop infiltration in Bengal, says Amit Shah

West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: Voting took place in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6, while voters in Assam cast their votes in three phases. The next phase of voting in West Bengal will happen on April 17. Catch the latest updates of the poll campaign here

West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: It’s the assembly elections season in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Polling happened in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6, while voters in Assam cast their votes in three phases. Polling in Bengal is happening in eight phases. Of these, four phases have concluded. The next phase will
take place on April 17. The election campaign and canvassing has continued there in full swing. Counting of votes in all states will happen on May 2. In Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is fighting to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s surge at bay. The saffron party has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the state over the last few years. In Assam, the state’s governing BJP is hoping to retain power even as it faces ‘Mahajot’, the joint opposition alliance comprising the Congress, AIUDF and other regional parties. Congress and the Left Front, which are allies in Bengal, are competing for power in Kerala. The Congress-led UDF and the ruling LDF have been winning alternate elections since the early 1980s. Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK has continued its alliance with the BJP amid a challenge from MK Stalin-led DMK and its alliance partners. However, one of the key things to watch out for in the southern state is how some of the smaller parties – including that of actor Kamal Haasan and TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK – may impact the poll outcome. With their government having collapsed due to defections weeks before the election, V Narayanasamy-led Congress is battling the BJP-NR Congress alliance in Puducherry.
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  • April 13, 2021 / 11:10 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | CM Mamata Banerjee in Bidhannagar: BJP knows that they will lose the election so they are taking help from all central agencies to stop me from campaigning.

  • April 13, 2021 / 11:10 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | CM Mamata Banerjee in Bidhannagar: BJP knows that they will lose the election so they are taking help from all central agencies to stop me from campaigning.

  • April 13, 2021 / 11:09 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Only BJP can stop infiltration in Bengal, says Amit Shah

    Taking a swipe at BJP's main political opponents in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said "Communists, Congress and Trinamool Congress have vote banks in 'infiltrators', and only BJP can stop infiltration in Bengal". "If things continue the same way, Kolkata will face the problem of infiltration as well in the nearby time. Communists, Congress and Mamata Didi all have vote banks in these infiltrators. Only BJP can stop infiltration in Bengal," said the BJP leader while addressing a public meeting in Bidhannagar.

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  • April 13, 2021 / 06:57 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP chief JP Nadda: She (Mamata Banerjee) can go (to Cooch Behar), it's democracy but she said nothing about Anand Burman, a 22-yr-old youth who was killed. We spoke about everyone, the 4 people who were killed, Anand Burman, & even the Bihar SHO who was beaten to death in Uttar Dinajpur.

  • April 13, 2021 / 06:56 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP chief JP Nadda: She (Mamata Banerjee) is the CM but she said nothing. She looks at everything through the glasses of politics. We look at society from a development point of view and we speak of taking everyone together.

  • April 13, 2021 / 05:40 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Election Commission warns BJP's Suvendu Adhikari for March 29 speech

    Election Commission of India has warned BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari over a speech delivered by him on March 29, for which he had filed a reply on April 9.

    The Election Commission has advised him to desist from using such statements while making public utterances when Model Code of Conduct is in force.

    An order from the EC stated, "Whereas, the Commission has issued a notice dated April 8 to Suvendu Adhikari, candidate of BJP from 210-Nandigram Assembly Constituency for violation of provisions contained in clause (2) and (3) of Part 1 of 'General Conduct of Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of political parties and candidates' during ongoing General Election to Legislative Assembly of West Bengal."

  • April 13, 2021 / 05:06 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | EC imposed campaign ban on Mamata at BJP's behest: Sanjay Raut

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday alleged that the Election Commission''s decision to bar West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours was taken at the behest of the BJP.

    This was a "direct attack on democracy" and sovereignty of independent institutions of the country, Raut claimed, and asked why only Banerjee was punished when other parties also violated some or the other rules during the ongoing West Bengal election.

    Terming Banerjee as the "Bengal Tigress", the Sena''s chief spokesperson expressed solidarity with her and claimed she will win the election in her state.

    The Shiv Sena, which is not contesting the West Bengal polls, has extended its support to Banerjee, who heads the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

  • April 13, 2021 / 03:56 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | JUST IN: Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Islampur of Uttar Dinajpur today 

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  • April 13, 2021 / 03:51 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata Banerjee's plight same as that of defeated player: JP Nadda

    Taking at dig at TMC's 'khela hobe' (game will be played) slogan, BJP president JP Nadda today said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's plight is that of a "defeated player". Nadda, who led a roadshow at Kalna in Purba Bardhaman district, said: "Mamata's condition is like that of a defeated player in a game. She has done injustice to the people of the state for many years. The BJP, however, will usher in development, stop atrocities on women and create jobs for youth, if voted to power." He also said that the TMC dispensation has failed to maintain law and order in Bengal. (PTI)

  • April 13, 2021 / 03:44 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Defence Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh in Swarupnagar: I saw on television that there is a bomb factory here. I thought it was a government factory, but bombs were made to attack opponents. How was it possible to make bombs under CM's leadership? If BJP government is formed, there will be either bombs or us. (ANI)

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