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April 21, 2021 / 11:07 PM IST

West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights: 43 constituencies in Bengal to go for polls in sixth phase tomorrow

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 tomorrow. 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 tomorrow (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.
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  • April 21, 2021 / 08:28 PM IST

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  • April 21, 2021 / 04:35 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | 43 constituencies to go to polls in sixth

    Over one crore voters in West Bengal will decide the political fate of 306 candidates on Thursday, when 43 assembly constituencies go to polls in the sixth phase, amid a raging second wave of COVID-19.

    Security measures have been heightened in view of the violence in the previous phases, particularly the death of five people in Cooch Behar in the fourth phase of polling on April 10, an Election Commission official said.

    The poll panel has decided to deploy at least 1,071 companies of central forces in the sixth phase to ensure free and fair voting, he said.

    It will also put in place measures to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols during the voting process, the official said.

  • April 21, 2021 / 03:58 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata Banerjee in Balurghat: Now, with elections underway in West Bengal, the BJP is bringing in people from other states and spreading the infection among the people here.

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  • April 21, 2021 / 03:05 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata Banerjee in Balurghat: Our state will be run by a Bengal engine government and not by Modi's double-engine government. We will not allow Gujarat to capture our state or run it from Delhi. Bengal will rule Bengal. The term "double-engine government", often used by BJP leaders, denotes the government of the same party at the Centre and the state. (PTI)

  • April 21, 2021 / 02:25 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the second COVID-19 wave in the country and its management is a 'Modi-made disaster'. Addressing an election rally at Balurghat in Dakshin Dinajpur district, the TMC chief asserted that West Bengal will be run only by a 'Bengal engine government' and not by 'Modi's double-engine'.

    "The second COVID wave is more intense. I would say this is a Modi-made disaster. There are no injections or oxygen. Vaccines and medicines are being shipped abroad even as there is a scarcity of these items in the country," she told the rally.

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  • April 21, 2021 / 01:56 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Among the 306 candidates, 87 have declared criminal cases against themselves. This means 28 percent of candidates have been charged with criminal cases. Of these, 25 are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 24 from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), 14 from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) and five from the Indian National Congress (Congress). Out of 87 candidates with criminal cases, 71 have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. As many as 19 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women. Of these, one candidate has declared cases related to rape (Indian Penal Code Section-376).

  • April 21, 2021 / 01:20 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | P Chidambaram on Twitter: An election is to hold the government accountable. The BJP is solely responsible for the medical catastrophe that has fallen on the country. The hopes of the entire nation are in the hands of the voters of West Bengal. Voters in the sixth round of polling in West Bengal tomorrow (22 April) have a great opportunity to speak for the entire country.

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  • April 21, 2021 / 12:44 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Sanitization work is going on in different polling stations ahead of the sixth phase of polling tomorrow (CEO West Bengal)

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    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | A look at seats won by political parties in the last five Assembly polls in Bengal

      West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates |  A look at seats won by political parties in the last five Assembly polls in Bengal
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