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April 20, 2021 / 11:08 PM IST

West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights: TMC writes to EC, reiterates demand for clubbing last three poll phases

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 20, 2021 / 11:08 PM IST

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  • April 20, 2021 / 05:37 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata Banerjee accuses PM Modi of allowing open market sale of vaccines

    Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allowed open market sales of coronavirus vaccines after shipments made by him to foreign shores have depleted stocks in India.

    Addressing an election meeting here, the Trinamool Congress supremo said the prime minister had exported vaccines to other countries to boost his image while states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and West Bengal have struggled to get doses they required to combat the Covid pandemic.

    "Yesterday the PM said the medicine (vaccine) will be available in open market. Where is the open market, where is the availabilty? You have already shipped out the majority of stock to foreign detinations," she alleged.

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  • April 20, 2021 / 04:05 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Centre's COVID-19 vaccine 'policy is hollow and without substance': Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi

    West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the prevailing Covid-19 situation and the vaccination drive.

    In her letter, Mamata Banerjee has alleged that the Centre's vaccine policy is "hollow and without substance". (PTI)

  • April 20, 2021 / 02:31 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC submits a memorandum to West Bengal state election commission requesting them to club together phases 6, 7 and 8

  • April 20, 2021 / 02:14 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP national president JP Nadda chaired a meeting to review and guide preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rallies and other rallies in the new format. BJP has decided that only small public meetings with not more than 500 people will be held by PM and other union ministers in West Bengal. (ANI)

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  • April 20, 2021 / 01:35 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Why not same passion to win war against COVID-19 as shown to win polls: Kapil Sibal to PM Modi

    Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today asked why he was not showing the same passion to win the war against coronavirus as shown to win elections. With the country reeling under a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Congress has questioned Prime Minister Modi for addressing poll rallies in West Bengal while "ignoring his responsibilities" at the Centre.
    "Modiji, you use all your : might, muscle power, lung power, resources to win elections. Why not the same passion to win the war against Coronavirus for: our people?" Sibal said in a tweet. In another tweet, the former Union minister said, "As people die of the pandemic, A citizen to Modiji: Rallies are fine, victories divine, but the battles you are fighting are really not mine!"

  • April 20, 2021 / 12:59 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy: On April 15, our party chief Mamata Banerjee appealed to the Election Commission to club together with the remaining phases of polls, keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation. She repeated the same thing yesterday. We have submitted a memorandum to state EC with the request to consider and review this. (ANI)

  • April 20, 2021 / 11:55 AM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC speaking in different voices on leader being probed by CBI, ED: Amit Shah

    Asserting that those involved in stealing funds meant for the people of West Bengal will be put behind bars, Union Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday claimed that the Trinamool Congress is speaking in different voices on the party's youth leader Vinay Mishra, who is being investigated by the CBI and the ED. The two central agencies are probing Mishra in connection with cases related to cattle smuggling and illegal coal mining. The Narendra Modi government is apprehending those who are stealing coal, Shah said at a public meeting at Pandabeswar in Paschim Bardhaman district. (PTI)

  • April 20, 2021 / 11:28 AM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a press conference in Malda yesterday urged people not to panic over the worsening COVID-19 situation as the state government is taking "every possible measure" to check the spread of the disease. "Night curfew or lockdown may not be a solution in Bengal, where political pollution needs to be checked first," she said. The chief minister, however, did not say what she was referring to as "political pollution". The raging COVID-19 crisis cast its long shadow in West Bengal, which is in the midst of its long-drawn assembly election. (PTI)

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  • April 20, 2021 / 10:44 AM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Assembly elections are being held in Bengal in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. Of these, five phases have concluded. The next phase will take place on April 22. Votes will be counted on May 2.

  • April 20, 2021 / 10:17 AM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Ahead of the sixth phase of polling in Bengal, the BJP's star campaigners such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, party president JP Nadda and actor Mithun Chakraborty addressed several rallies in the constituencies, attacking the ruling TMC over corruption charges and promising to build a "Sonar Bangla" (Golden Bengal). On the other hand, TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is the Diamond Harbour MP, attacked the BJP-led central government over fuel price rise. (PTI)

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