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April 27, 2021 / 11:06 PM IST

West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: EC orders strict surveillance of TMC's Anubrata Mondal to ensure 'free and fair' polls

West Bengal Election 2021 Highlights: Campaigning for the assembly polls have 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. Last phase of voting in Bengal will happen on April 29. 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 27, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

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  • April 27, 2021 / 10:36 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Election Commission: Today, Static Surveillance Team of 162 Chowrangee Assembly recovered Rs 30 lakhs at Maulali Crossing under Taltala PS. A team of 165 Jorasanko Assembly Constituency and Posta PS recovered Rs 40 lakhs. (ANI)

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  • April 27, 2021 / 10:35 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Election Commission: The teams of Kolkata Police intercepted five persons and seized Rs 75 lakhs in cash from them.

  • April 27, 2021 / 05:26 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC Birbhum president Anubrata Mondal to be under strict EC surveillance

    Election Commission asks West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer to keep Anubrata Mondal, Birbhum TMC president, under 'strict surveillance of executive magistrate and CAPF, round the clock for 5 pm of April 27 till 7 am of April 30 for ensuring free and fair elections, reports news agency ANI.

  • April 27, 2021 / 02:44 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Campaigning for the eighth and final phase of polling for 35 assembly constituencies in West Bengal ended on April 26. The polling, scheduled to be held on April 29, will be held between 7 am to 6.30 pm. The focus in this phase of polling will be on five assembly constituencies in Kolkata north -- Beleghata, Jorsanko, Shyampukur, Maniktala, Kashipur-Belgachia -- as neck and neck contest is expected between TMC heavyweights and BJP challengers. In Shyampukur seat, state minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja is contesting against BJP's Sandipan Biswas and AIFB's Jiban Prakash Saha. In Beleghata, TMC has fielded Paresh Paul against BJP's Kashinath Biswas and CPI-M's Rajib Biswas. In Jorasnko, BJP has named Meena Devi Purohit against TMC's Vivek Gupta and Congress' Ajmal Khan. The TMC has named Atin Ghosh in Kashipur-Belgachia against BJP candidate Sibaji Sinha Roy and CPI(M)'s Pratip Dasgupta. A close contest is also expected in Maniktala assembly seat where state Consumer Affairs Minister TMC veteran Sadhan Pandey will fight former India footballer and BJP candidate Kalyan Chaubey and CPI(M)'s Rupa Bagchi. (PTI)

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  • April 27, 2021 / 02:10 PM 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 27, 2021 / 01:43 PM 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 on Tuesday 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)

  • April 27, 2021 / 01:07 PM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | EC trod with caution, was ahead of curve in ensuring safety of voters, personnel: Sources on HC flak

    After the Madras High Court observed that the Election Commission must be held "singularly" responsible for the second wave of coronavirus in the country, sources told news agency PTI that the poll panel has trodden with caution all along to ensure COVID-19-free polls, first in Bihar and then in four states and a union territory. They said while enforcing the Disaster Management Act to ensure COVID-19-appropriate behaviour is the responsibility of the State Disaster Management Authority, the Commission invoked its constitutional powers to place curbs on campaigning in West Bengal to reduce exposure of people to the virus. "We were ahead of the curve in ensuring safety of voters and personnel in the pandemic," a functionary said. They said that after the successful conduct of the Bihar assembly elections in November 2020 involving 73 million voters at 1,06,000 polling booths, there was widespread appreciation of strength and capability of the constitutional authority.

  • April 27, 2021 / 12:30 PM IST

    BJP welcomes EC's order banning victory processions over poll results ##West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP welcomes EC's order banning victory processions over poll results

    BJP president J P Nadda today welcomed the Election Commission's order banning victory processions during and after counting of votes in states where assembly polls have been held. "I welcome the decision of the ECI banning celebrations and processions of electoral victories. I have directed all state units of BJP to strictly adhere to this decision. All karykartas of BJP are using their energies to help the ones in need in this hour of crisis," Nadda said in a tweet.

  • April 27, 2021 / 12:10 PM IST

    Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates | A day ahead of the Election Commission of India banned all victory procession on or after counting of votes, the Madras High Court came down hard on the poll body for allowing political rallies as the coronavirus raged and said it was solely responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 in India. A bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy reprimanded ECI for failing to ensure that COVID-19 norms were followed during poll campaigning.

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  • April 27, 2021 / 11:35 AM IST

    West Bengal Election 2021 LIVE Updates | Holding election constitutional obligation, BJP followed all EC protocols, says JP Nadda

    BJP president JP Nadda yesterday said holding polls is a "constitutional obligation that the Election Commission has to fulfil", hours after the Madras High Court criticised the panel for not doing enough to stop political parties from flouting COVID-19 protocols. The BJP has observed all health protocols and guidelines of the Election Commission, Nadda said, addressing a press conference in Kolkata to mark the end of campaigning for the eight-phase Bengal elections. (PTI)

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