West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: EC bans politicians entry in violence-hit Cooch Behar for next 72 hour; extends silence period for fifth phase
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Highlights: Phase 4 of voting in 44 constituencies concluded today. Catch the latest updates here
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Highlights: Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry are heading for assembly elections. Single phase polling concluded in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6. Voters in Assam cast their ballots in three phase. Now, the phase 4 of voting is underway in Bengal, with four more rounds to go after this.
The election campaign and canvassing will continue in West Bengal where voting is yet to happen. Counting of votes in all states will happen on May 2. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to retain power in Assam even as it faces ‘Mahajot’, the joint opposition alliance comprising the Congress, AIUDF and other regional parties. In Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is fighting to keep BJP’s surge at bay. The saffron party has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the state over the last few years. Congress and the Left Front, which are allies in West 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 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.
LIVE Updates: Assembly Elections | File image of voters waiting for their turn to cast their votes outside a polling station in West Bengal (Image: CEO West Bengal)
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | The Election Commission on April 10 put in place certain restrictions, including extending the "silence period" from 48 hours to 72 hours, for the fifth phase of polling West Bengal after violence in Cooch Behar district.
It also banned the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for the next 72 hours to prevent any possible law and order flare-up.
The decision came after four people were killed in the district as central forces opened fire allegedly when they were attacked by locals who "attempted to snatch their rifles" during the fourth phase of voting on Saturday.
April 10, 2021 / 08:38 PM IST
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Congress leader P Chidambaram held the Election Commission accountable for the death of four persons in firing by CISF personnel during polling in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district and said the incident was a case of failure of leadership.
The four persons were killed as the central force's troopers allegedly opened fire after coming under attack from locals, who "attempted to snatch their rifles", in the district's Sitalkuchi area when voting was underway in the fourth phase of the assembly polls in the state, according to officials.
April 10, 2021 / 08:21 PM IST
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Voting for conflict-ridden fourth phase of polls ends with 76.16% turnout
West Bengal elections: Voting for conflict-ridden phase IV polls ends with 76.16 pc turnout
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Mob outside booth no 126, Jorpatki in Sitalkuchi (West Bengal) attacked CISF jawans performing poll duty and tried to snatch their weapons. In self-defence and to save polling officials, the jawans deployed at the polling station fired six to eight rounds: CISF Spokesperson
April 10, 2021 / 07:49 PM IST
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Additional companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to be inducted in West Bengal with immediate effect. Additionally, 33 companies of Border Security Force (BSF), 12 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 13 companies of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), nine companies of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and four companies of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will also be deployed. A total of 71 companies will be deployed in Bengal.
April 10, 2021 / 07:26 PM IST
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Polling ends for the fourth phase of Bengal election; visuals from polling booth number 149 in South 24 Parganas
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s responsibility to meet the family members of the deceased. Isn’t he ashamed? He is giving a clean chit. It is a matter of shame. I condemn his attitude: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Bengal poll violence during the fourth phase
April 10, 2021 / 06:46 PM IST
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | One daughter of West Bengal is attacking the other. If I broke the glass of my car myself then who broke the other two press vehicles? You all (media) were present there. Did the press themselves break their own vehicles? asks Locket Chatterjee, BJP candidate from Chunchura
April 10, 2021 / 06:29 PM IST
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