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April 29, 2021 / 08:54 AM IST

West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: EC makes negative COVID-19 report or full vaccination mandatory for candidates, polling agents to enter counting halls on result day

West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: Campaigning for the assembly polls has concluded. The last phase of voting will happen on April 29, followed by exit polls, and counting of votes of May 2

West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: It’s the assembly elections season in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry. While polling happened in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6, voters in Assam cast their votes in three phases. Polling in Bengal is taking place in eight phases, amid tight security and a rampaging second wave of COVID-19.
Of these, seven phases have concluded. The last phase of voting in Bengal will happen on April 29 (tomorrow). Exit poll results will also be released on April 29 after polling ends. 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 28, 2021 / 03:49 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | The Election Commission on April 28 issued the COVID-19 protocol for May 2, when the counting of votes would be held for the recently contested assembly elections. The candidates and their respective polling agents would be allowed entry inside the counting centres only if they carry COVID-19 negative test report. Both form of tests - RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests - would be valid for entry in the counting centres, as per the EC order. The test should be conducted within 48 hours before the day of counting.

    Read more | EC issues COVID-19 protocol for May 2: Negative test report must for candidates, polling agents to enter counting centres

  • April 28, 2021 / 03:27 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Recap: In the seventh phase of Bengal Assembly polls, a total of 76.89 percent voter turnout was recorded, according to Election Commission's data.

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  • April 28, 2021 / 02:02 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Among 35 constituencies going to vote in the eighth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, 11 are Red Alert constituencies. Red Alert constituencies are those where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

  • April 28, 2021 / 01:42 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Among the 283 candidates in the fray in phase 8 of Bengal Assembly polls, 64 have declared criminal cases against themselves. This means 23 percent of candidates have been charged with criminal cases. Of these, 21 are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 11 from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), 10 from the Indian National Congress (Congress) and seven from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M).
    Out of 64 candidates with criminal cases, 50 have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

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  • April 28, 2021 / 01:20 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | There are 55 crorepati candidates in eighth and final phase of polling, which means they have declared assets valued at more than Rs one crore. Of these, 28 are from TMC, 12 from BJP, five from Congress and one from CPI(M). BJP leader Tapas Kumar Yadav tops the list with a declared asset value of over 34 crore (34,60,93,674). (ADR report)

  • April 28, 2021 / 12:58 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | In the eighth and final phase of polling, 35 constituencies across four districts will vote, including six constituencies of Malda, 11 in Murshidabad, seven in Kolkata North and 11 in Birbhum. The polling will be held between 7 am and 6.30 pm in 11,860 polling stations. A total 84,77,728 voters -- 43,55,835 male, 41,21,735 women and 158 of the third gender are eligible to decide the fate of 283 candidates in the eighth phase of polling.

  • April 28, 2021 / 11:26 AM IST

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

     West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | A look at seats won by political parties in the last five Bengal Assembly polls
  • April 28, 2021 / 10:47 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Over 100 policemen on Bengal poll duty among record 229 new COVID cases in Mizoram

    Mizoram reported the highest single-day spike of 229 new COVID-19 cases today, as per official data. Among the new patients are 108 policemen who had gone to West Bengal for election duty. Besides, 16 jawans of the Assam Rifles and an Army personnel were also found to be positive. With the new cases, the state's tally rose to 5,742, while 13 people have succumbed to the infection so far. (PTI) 

  • April 28, 2021 / 09:37 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Plea in HC for action against political leaders, campaigners for violating COVID-19 norms

    A plea was moved in the Delhi High Court yesterday seeking directions to the EC to take action like imposing penalty and lodging FIRs against "star campaigners" and leaders of all political parties for allegedly violating COVID-19 norms during the assembly polls in West Bengal. The application by Vikram Singh, the former DGP of Uttar Pradesh and also the chairman of think tank Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC), has also sought directions to the Centre and the Election Commission to "ensure compulsory home quarantine of persons who campaigned in the last one week of in West Bengal". (PTI) 

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  • April 28, 2021 / 08:39 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | The Election Commission of India (ECI) has banned all victory processions during or after the counting of votes on May 2 amid surging COVID-19 cases in India. As per the EC notification, "Not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorised representative receive the certificate of election from the Returning Officer concerned."

    Read more | Election Commission bans victory processions during and after vote counting on May 2

  • April 28, 2021 / 08:14 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP president JP Nadda has welcomed the Election Commission's order banning victory processions during and after counting of votes in states where assembly polls have been held. 

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