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April 22, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

West Bengal Election 2021 News Highlights: EC bans physical campaigning in view of COVID-19 situation

West Bengal Elections 2021 News Highlights: Phase 6 of voting in 43 constituencies is underway. Catch the latest updates here

West Bengal Elections 2021 News Highlights:  Polling is underway for 43 seats in the sixth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal amid tight security. 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. Now, phase 6 of voting is underway in Bengal, with two 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 22, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

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  • April 22, 2021 / 10:39 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Violence mars sixth phase of Bengal polls

    Nearly 80 per cent voter turnout marked the sixth phase of polling on Thursday in West Bengal assembly election, which was marred by sporadic incidents of violence, firing by state police and an assault on a candidate. According to the EC, 79.09 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in 43 seats where polling was held and is expected to go up further as the polling ended at 6.30 PM.

    Elections, which began at 7 am, were held in 43 seats -- 17 in North 24 Parganas district, nine each in Nadia- including Matua strongholds at Bongaon and Krishnanagar and Uttar Dinajpur and eight in Purba Bardhaman. Matuas make for a large chunk of the state's scheduled caste population. With an estimated three million members, the community influences the outcome in 30-40 assembly seats in Nadia, North and South 24 Parganas districts.

    Of the four districts that went to the polls Thursday, Nadia registered the highest voter turnout of 82.67 per cent, followed by Purba Bardhaman (82.15 per cent), Uttar Dinajpur (77.76 per cent) and North 24 Parganas (75.94 per cent).

    At Bagda in North 24 Parganas, a mob of about 250 people attacked security personnel outside a booth. A huge police contingent was rushed to the spot to control the situation, the police said.

    PTI

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  • April 22, 2021 / 09:46 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee cancels all public meetings## West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata Banerjee cancels all public meetings

    Shortly after Election Commission announced a ban on physical campaigning for the final two phases of polls, West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said all her scheduled public meetings have been cancelled.

    "In the wake of upsurge in COVID-19 cases across the country and the ECI order dated 22nd April, 2021, I am cancelling all my prescheduled meetings and we will reach out to the people virtually. We will be sharing the updated schedule of the virtual meetings shortly," she tweeted.

  • April 22, 2021 / 09:02 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | EC bans physical campaigning for final two phases of polls

    The Election Commission has banned physical campaigning in West Bengal for the final two phases of elections. The decision has been taken in view of the COVID-19 situation.

  • April 22, 2021 / 06:58 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bombs hurled in North 24 Parganas, six injured

    At least six persons, including a child, sustained splinter injuries in North 24 Parganas district's Titagarh assembly constituency after bombs were hurled indiscriminately on Thursday afternoon amid the voting exercise for the sixth phase of polls, a police officer said.

    A huge team of police personnel and CAPF jawans were rushed to the area following the incident, the officer said.

    A preliminary probe has revealed that unidentified persons, wearing masks, hurled several crude bombs near Tata Gate in Titagarh, he said.

    "The injured are undergoing treatment at BN Bose hospital. We are looking into the matter," the officer added. (PTI)

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  • April 22, 2021 / 06:16 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | 79% polling recorded till 5 pm

    The data shared by the Election Commission showed upto 79.09 percent polling till 5 pm in the sixth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections 2021. The final numbers are expected to further go up. A total of 43 seats are being contested in this round of the polls, spread across the regions of North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Uttar Dinajpur and Purba Bardhaman.

  • April 22, 2021 / 05:32 PM IST

    PM Modi cancels visit to West Bengal on April 23, to chair high-level meetings to review COVID-19 situation## West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | PM Modi cancels visit to West Bengal on April 23, to chair high-level meetings to review COVID-19 situation

    "Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

  • April 22, 2021 / 04:55 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Covid protocol maintained at polling stations

  • April 22, 2021 / 04:20 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | EC warns of strict action if COVID norms violated in campaigning for final two phases of polls

    Armed with the directions of the Calcutta High Court, the Election Commission (EC) issued a fresh warning to political parties on Wednesday to follow COVID protocols during poll campaigning in West Bengal or be ready to face "necessary action" under various laws.

    In a letter addressed to the heads of all recognised political parties, the EC referred to the high court directions issued on Tuesday, which said it would be open to the poll panel and the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to take the requisite steps and ensure a successful implementation of the COVID protocols by requiring a strict compliance of the prescribed guidelines and orders by all political parties, candidates and all other concerned with the election process.

    "The commission, therefore, once again warns that in case parties or candidates do not abide by the laid down COVID protocols during campaign, necessary action under the Disaster Management Act 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 etc. will be initiated immediately by the district authorities and their permission for further campaigns, even if granted previously, shall also be cancelled," the letter said.

    PTI

  • April 22, 2021 / 03:58 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 70.42 percent till 3.30 pm in 43 seats where polling is underway in the sixth phase of assembly polls today.

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  • April 22, 2021 / 03:36 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Voters waiting in queue outside the polling station number 99A under 98 Swarupnagar Assembly constituency of North 24 Parganas district to cast their votes in the sixth phase of voting in Bengal Assembly polls.

  • April 22, 2021 / 03:19 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 67.63 percent till 3 pm in 43 seats where polling is underway in the sixth phase of assembly polls today.

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