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April 17, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: TMC broken, Mamata Banerjee playing politics with the dead, says PM Modi

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Highlights: Phase 5 of voting in 45 constituencies is underway. Catch the latest updates here

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Highlights: Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry are heading for assembly elections. Single phase polling concluded in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6. Voters in Assam cast their ballots in three phase. Now, the phase 5 of voting is underway in Bengal, with three more rounds to go after this.
The election campaign and canvassing will continue in West Bengal where voting is yet to happen. However, some additional curbs have been imposed amid the second wave of COVID-19. Counting of votes in all states will happen on May 2. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to retain power in Assam even as it faces ‘Mahajot’, the joint opposition alliance comprising the Congress, AIUDF and other regional parties. In Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is fighting to keep BJP’s surge at bay. The saffron party has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the state over the last few years. Congress and the Left Front, which are allies in West 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 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 17, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • April 17, 2021 / 09:10 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Election Commission: Polling in 15,789 polling stations spread across 45 assembly constituencies in West Bengal phase-5 elections, bye-election in two parliamentary constituencies and 12 assembly constituencies across 10 States conducted peacefully today.

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  • April 17, 2021 / 05:56 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Sporadic violence marks fifth phase of Bengal polls

    Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some areas where polling is underway in the fifth phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, officials said.

    Around 69.40 per cent of the 1.13 crore voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm, they said.

    Polling is underway in 45 seats in North 24 Parganas, Purba Bardhaman and Nadia districts in south Bengal, and Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in the north.

    The security personnel are maintaining a tight vigil and they have addressed a few incidents that were reported, an election official said.

  • April 17, 2021 / 04:40 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah in Ausgram: I came here today after travelling all over Bengal. I can tell you, Didi is certainly going on May 2 and BJP is forming the government with more than 200 seats.

  • April 17, 2021 / 04:39 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Bidhannagar

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  • April 17, 2021 / 04:38 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC broken, Mamata Banerjee playing politics with the dead: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday claimed that the TMC has been broken in the first four phases of elections, and asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew would be vanquished by the end of polling in the state.

    Speaking at an election rally here, in the sprawling industrial town of Asansol, Modi also claimed the Trinamool Congress supremo has an old habit of doing politics with dead bodies and has been trying to politicise the "unfortunate" death of five people at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district on April 10.

    Modi later contended at a rally at Gangarampur in Dakshin Dinajpur, that Banerjee has been abusing him almost every other day as he raises questions on Trinamool Congresss track record of "corruption".

    "After four phases, TMC is broken to pieces and `Didi, `bhatija will be vanquished after eight phases of elections (are completed)," Modi said at Asansol. Polling is scheduled in the industrial town in the seventh phase on April 26.

    Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek have been spearheading the TMC''s campaign in the assembly elections in West Bengal for a third consecutive term for their party.

  • April 17, 2021 / 03:46 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | In this tweet from news agency ANI, visuals of Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty casting her vote at a polling booth in Jalpaiguri.

  • April 17, 2021 / 03:20 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | JUST IN: Around 55.28% percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in the 45 constituencies of Bengal where polling is underway.

  • April 17, 2021 / 02:54 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Dakshin Dinajpur: 'Her (Mamata Banerjee's) hatred for the name of Lord Ram has increased so much that she changes the name 'Ramdhenu' to 'Rongdhenu'. As a result of her appeasement politics this large region, including Dinajpur, lags behind in development.'

  • April 17, 2021 / 02:30 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | JUST IN: Around 54.7% percent voter turnout was recorded till 2 pm in the 45 constituencies of Bengal where polling is underway.

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  • April 17, 2021 / 02:25 PM IST

    Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Congress’ Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh Alwar in Guwahati: All our candidates were present in the meeting held today on preparations for the counting day. We all will be staying together for two-three days, we are like a family.

  • April 17, 2021 / 01:35 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | JUST IN: Around 51.94 percent voter turnout was recorded till 1.20 pm in the 45 constituencies of Bengal where polling is underway.

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