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West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights | EC bans rallies, public meetings from 7 pm-10 am due to rise in COVID cases

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 17. 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, four phases have concluded. The next phase will
take place on April 17. 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 16, 2021 / 10:55 PM IST

    West Bengal polls: EC bans rallies, public meetings from 7 pm-10 am due to rise in COVID cases

    Against the backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases, the Election Commission on Friday put in place restrictions on campaigning by political parties, including curtailing its time, for the West Bengal assembly elections.

    In an order, the poll panel curtailed the time for the campaign up to 7 pm. Earlier it was up to 10 pm.

    Now there will be no campaign between 7 pm and 10 am on campaign day in the state, the Election Commission said.

    It also extended the silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours in each of the remaining three of the eight phases of the West Bengal polls to be held on April 22, 26 and 29.

    During the silence period, which is usually for 48 hours, parties and candidates cannot hold rallies and meetings.

    (PTI)

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  • April 16, 2021 / 09:53 PM IST

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  • April 16, 2021 / 08:08 PM IST

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  • April 16, 2021 / 07:12 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | EC curtails timing of campaign up to 7 PM 

    Election Commission (EC) curtails the timing of the campaign up to 7 PM. There shall not be any campaign between 7 PM and 10 AM on campaign day. Silence period extended from 48 hours to 72 hours in each of the remaining three phases in West Bengal: EC

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  • April 16, 2021 / 07:09 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates |  EC asks political leaders to demonstrate by their personal example by following COVID-19 protocol

    Star campaigners/political leaders/candidates/aspiring policymakers shall demonstrate by their personal example& nudge all supporters at beginning of campaigning to wear mask, use sanitisers & maintain social distance & put in place such crowd control measures as necessary: EC

  • April 16, 2021 / 06:34 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP national president JP Nadda holds roadshow at Dum-Dum


    BJP National President JP Nadda holds roadshow at Dum-Dum Uttar constituency in Kolkata amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • April 16, 2021 / 04:32 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC wants remaining elections to be held in one phase: Derek O'Brien


    "TMC's position is clear, we want remaining elections to be held in one phase. I request BJP to make their position clear. Do they agree with us that politics is a second priority, first is handling the COVID19 pandemic?," says TMC leader Derek O'Brien. 

  • April 16, 2021 / 04:20 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP advises EC to balance need for robust democratic culture with safety norms

    "We've advised EC to balance the need for a robust democratic culture with safety norms. It is up to the EC to tell us what exactly political parties must do. We've assured them that we'll adhere to protocols," BJP's Swapan Das Gupta said after all party meeting with CEO West Bengal.

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  • April 16, 2021 / 03:57 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP responsible for COVID surge in Bengal, will urge EC to prevent entry of outsiders during campaigning: Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that she will call upon the Election Commission to stop the BJP from bringing "outsiders" during campaigning, squarely blaming the saffron party for exacerbating the COVID-19 situation in the state. Banerjee, during a public meeting in Nadia district, said the BJP brought people from "worst-hit" states like Gujarat for erecting marquees for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rallies.
    "We have nothing to say if the PM or other leaders come for campaigning... Why should the BJP bring people from worst-affected states to set up podiums and pandals for rallies," she said. (PTI)

  • April 16, 2021 / 03:45 PM IST

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