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April 23, 2021 / 11:30 PM IST

West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights | PM Modi tempers attack on Mamata Banerjee as he winds up Bengal campaign

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. Polling in Bengal is happening in eight phases. 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, six phases have concluded. The next phase will
take place on April 26. 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 23, 2021 / 08:05 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | PM Modi tempers attack on Mamata Banerjee as he winds up Bengal campaign

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday accused West Bengal's TMC government of partonising illegal immigration from Bangladesh and extortion syndicates but uncharacteristically avoided personally targeting Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee. Addressing a virtual rally at Shaheed Minar ground from New Delhi, he said West Bengal needed peace for development.

    (PTI)

  • April 23, 2021 / 05:54 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | State waiting for governance where every dept of the govt works honestly: PM Modi

    WB is waiting for governance where every dept of the govt works honestly & carries out its duty. Free of discrimination & full of harmony - WB is voting for such a govt: PM addresses rallies in Suri, Malda, Berhampore, & Bhawanipur via video conferencing.

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  • April 23, 2021 / 03:55 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bengal unit of BJP has announced that it will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of cost once it comes to power in Bengal. "As soon as BJP government comes to power in West Bengal, COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost to everyone," Bengal BJP tweeted today.

  • April 23, 2021 / 03:41 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Voter's awareness program organized by Burdwan block, Murshidabad district.

  • April 23, 2021 / 03:20 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Twenty-three percent of the 284 candidates contesting in phase seven of the West Bengal Assembly polls this year are crorepati, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms stated. Among the major parties, 26 (72 percent) out of 36 candidates analysed from the AITC, 11 (58 percent) out of 19 candidates analysed from the Congress, 13 (36 percent) out of 36 candidates analysed from the BJP and 1 (8 percent) out of 13 candidates analysed from the CPI(M) have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.

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  • April 23, 2021 / 03:00 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Twenty-six percent of the 284 candidates contesting in phase seven of the West Bengal Assembly polls this year have declared criminal cases against themselves, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms stated. "Out of 284 candidates analysed, 73 (26 percent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. About 60 (21 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves," the poll rights body said.
    Among the major parties, 9 (69 percent) out of 13 candidates analysed from the CPI(M), 19 (53 percent) out of 36 candidates analysed from the AITC, 19 (53 percent) out of 36 candidates analysed from the BJP and 9 (47 percent) out of 19 candidates analysed from the Congress have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

  • April 23, 2021 / 01:50 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee will go live for an 'Ask Me Anything' session tomorrow at 7 pm

  • April 23, 2021 / 01:29 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipped today's meeting of CMs with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the COVID-19 situation, sources said. Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay represented the state at the review meeting, which was held via video conference, they said. Banerjee had earlier skipped a few similar meetings as she was busy campaigning for the ongoing assembly elections. (PTI)

  • April 23, 2021 / 12:45 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to address four public meetings today. Noting that the BJP realises the gravity of the ongoing COVId-19 situation and the rationale for him not being able to visit the state in person, the party's West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh said they requested him to give one address through a virtual medium to which he agreed. After the BJP decided to call off all big political meetings and rallies in view of rising COVID-19 cases and restrict its campaign to a maximum of 500 people in the state, Modi's proposed meetings for Saturday were clubbed with his Friday campaign. Opposition leaders have been critical of the BJP for the big rallies of its leaders at the time of surging COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

  • April 23, 2021 / 12:22 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | PM Modi mentioned 2018 Asansol riots in speech to provoke voters, says CM Mamata Banerjee

    Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded people of 2018 Asansol riots during his rally last week to "provoke" voters amid the ongoing elections, and asserted that it was "unbecoming" of someone of his stature. The TMC boss, who addressed three rallies yesterday, said it was a "matter of shame" that the PM, with his "provocative" remarks, tried to influence people. "You, members of different communities, are living in harmony. The other day, however, the prime minister visited Asansol and made many objectionable comments... he brought up the issue of riots and made provocative statements. This doesn't befit a PM, or a home minister," she said.

    Modi, during his address, had referred to the Asansol riots in 2018 on the occasion of Ram Navami, and indirectly blamed the TMC dispensation for the violence. (PTI)

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  • April 23, 2021 / 11:52 AM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Glimpse of Receiving Centre at Raiganj Polytechnic under 33-Hemtabad (SC) Assembly constituency of Uttar Dinajpur district.

  • April 23, 2021 / 11:25 AM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | The polling in the Bengal Assembly election is being held in eight phases. Of these, six phases have concluded, and the remaining two phases will be held on April 26 and April 29. In the next phase, as many as 36 constituencies across four districts will vote. There are 284 candidates are in the fray in this phase.

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