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April 19, 2021 / 11:06 PM IST

West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights: BJP announces decision to not hold big public meetings amid COVID surge

West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights: 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 22. Catch the latest updates of the poll campaign here

West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights: 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, five phases have concluded. The next phase will
take place on April 22. The election campaign and canvassing have 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.
  • April 19, 2021 / 08:50 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bharatiya Janata Party: It has been decided that only small public meetings with not more than 500 people will be held by PM Modi and other central ministers in West Bengal. All these public meetings will be held in open spaces following COVID19 guidelines. (ANI)

  • April 19, 2021 / 08:49 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bharatiya Janata Party: We have set a target of distribution of 6 crore masks and sanitisers in West Bengal

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  • April 19, 2021 / 05:50 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Amartya Sen: If Bengal ends up being governed by central rulers, not local leaders, it will strengthen concentration of power in hands of those whose record on economic policy, social justice are 'seriously defective'.

  • April 19, 2021 / 03:23 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Trinamool Congress shared a video on Twitter saying: "Watch till the end to know where the culpability lies. You have blood on your hands. You know who you are!"

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  • April 19, 2021 / 03:01 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP candidate's house attacked

    A BJP candidate's house was attacked with crude bombs in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, police said today. The house of Sanmoy Bandopadhyay, BJP's Panihati candidate, was attacked late yesterday, they said. The incident happened in the Khardaha police station area where Bandopadhyay lives, they added. A person was arrested in connection with the incident, a senior officer of the Barrackpore Police said. There was no report of any injury to anyone, he said. (PTI)

  • April 19, 2021 / 02:43 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee blames PM Modi for second wave of COVID-19 

    Holding prime minister Narendra Modi responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 in India, West Bengal chief minister in Kaliganj said, "Why didn't you (PM) make plans to stop corona in the last 6 months?... You have to answer this. Prime Minister is responsible for second wave of COVID19. If he would have taken responsible at right time then this wouldn't have happened." (ANI)

  • April 19, 2021 / 02:38 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: With folded hands, I urge EC to hold last three phases of polls on a single day or in two days amid COVID-19 surge.

  • April 19, 2021 / 01:57 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Law Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad: Fast-track courts established across country for fast-tracking cases of sexual offences against children, wherein Centre provides 50 percent funds and remaining states do. 123 fast-track courts sanctioned for Bengal. Been writing to Mamata Banerjee for her consent but all in vain. You're a woman chief minister. What's the problem with fast-track courts for sexual offences against children? (ANI)

  • April 19, 2021 / 01:16 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Pointing to a purported audio tape, in which the TMC boss is apparently heard proposing a rally with the bodies of Cooch Behar firing victims, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah yesterday said he has so far never come across any person who "plays politics over the dead". Insisting that infiltrators are taking away the benefits meant for the country's citizens, he said, "People like you and I are second-grade citizens for Didi as we do not add heft to her vote bank." He gave assurance that his party, if voted to power in West Bengal, will ensure that cross-border cattle smuggling comes to a stop once and for all. (PTI)

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  • April 19, 2021 / 12:56 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Elections won't be needed to be conducted under the security provided by central forces after the BJP comes to power in West Bengal, said state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh while addressing an election rally at Bhatar constituency in Purba Bardhaman district. "We will straighten the spine of the state police that has been curved by turning the force into the political agent of the ruling party," Ghosh said.

  • April 19, 2021 / 12:01 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP national president JP Nadda to hold roadshows and address a public meeting in Bengal today:

    > Roadshow in Uttar Dinajpur at 12.45 pm
    > Roadshow in Birbhum at 3 pm
    > Public meeting in Birbhum at 4.30 pm
    > Town Hall meeting in Birbhum at  6 pm

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