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April 26, 2021 / 11:06 PM IST

West Bengal Elections News Highlights: Holding election constitutional obligation, BJP followed all EC protocols: Nadda

West Bengal Elections 2021 News Highlights: Over 86 lakh voters in West Bengal will decide the political fate of 284 candidates today, when 34 assembly constituencies, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's home turf Bhabanipur, go to polls in the seventh phase.

West Bengal Elections 2021 News 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 taking place in eight phases. Of these, six phases have concluded.
The polling for the seventh phase is today (April 26). Polling began at 7 am Monday for 34 seats in the seventh phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal, amid tight security and a rampaging second wave of COVID-19. 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 26, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

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  • April 26, 2021 / 10:01 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Holding election constitutional obligation, BJP followed all EC protocols: Nadda

    BJP president J P Nadda on Monday 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 here to mark the end of campaigning for the eight-phase Bengal elections. "Holding elections is a constitutional obligation which the Election Commission has to fulfil. Be it an institution or someone sitting in an institution, one should be mindful of modesty in his words," the BJP president said, without taking any name.

    Expressing confidence that the BJP will win the polls in Bengal with a thumping majority, he said that the election, this time, was "unprecedented and unique".

    "The TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, has displayed poor ethics. It is unfortunate that a sitting chief minister was barred (by the Election Commission) from campaigning for 24 hours because of immature and irresponsible comments. The BJP, on its part, has maintained high standards of electioneering," the top saffron party leader said.

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  • April 26, 2021 / 08:23 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP candidate Parno Mittra tests positive for COVID-19

    BJP candidate Parno Mittra on Monday said she has tested positive for COVID-19. Mittra, an actor by profession, is the BJP candidate from Baranagar in North 24 Parganas where the election was held on April 17.

    "I wish to share an important update with everyone. I have tested COVID positive. I request whoever has been in, or come into, contact with me in the last 7 days, please do quarantine yourselves, get tested and take care. Lastly, please continue to be safe and wear mask," she said.

    Mittra is among the slew of candidates, cutting across party lines, to be diagnosed with COVID-19 amid the elections.

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  • April 26, 2021 / 06:28 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | 75.06% voter turnout recorded till 5:31 pm: EC

    Around 75.06 percent voter turnout recorded was till 5:31pm in the seventh phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, the Election Commission of India said. The final numbers are expected to be marginally higher.

  • April 26, 2021 / 05:39 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata welcomes Madras HC order, demands withdrawal of central forces who may be infected with Covid

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded withdrawal of central forces to contain covid spread in West Bengal in the next phase of polling, while welcoming the Madras High Courts observations that the Election Commission could not avoid blame for the spread of Covid.

    "I welcome the Madras High Court order, which clearly said the EC cannot escape its responsibility. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and EC are responsible for the (current) situation (of Covid spreading in the state)," Banerjee alleged at a workers meeting in North Kolkata where party candidates and workers were present.

    Earlier on Monday, Madras High Court had lashed out at the Election Commission over the conduct of Assembly polls amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice S Ramamoorthy termed the EC as most irresponsible while hearing a public interest writ seeking directions to ensure fair counting of votes on May 2 in Karur by taking steps to ensure adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

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  • April 26, 2021 / 04:58 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Mamata Banerjee shows victory symbol after casting vote in Bhabanipur

  • April 26, 2021 / 04:00 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | 67.72 percent polling recorded till 3:31 pm: EC

    A total of 67.27% voter turnout was recorded till 3.31 pm in the seventh phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, the Election Commission said. The numbers are expected to go up as a couple of hours still remain before the polling stations closed. The voting is being held under strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

  • April 26, 2021 / 03:32 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Electors at 63 Raninagar Assembly Constituency of Murshidabad District

  • April 26, 2021 / 02:56 PM IST

     West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | EC transfers more police officers in Bengal

    The Election Commission transferred a few police officers as West Bengal voted in the seventh phase of assembly polls on Monday, officials said. Shantanu Sinha Biswas, an inspector at the Directorate of Economic Offences, was transferred to the office of the DIG Jalpaiguri Range as a crime inspector, they said. Sinha was accused by the BJP of manipulating postal ballots.

    Srimanta Kumar Bandopadhyay, the Assistant Commissioner of Asansol-Durgapur Police, was named the new Sub-divisional Police Officer of Bolpur, as per an order issued on Sunday night. Shubhendra Kumar, the present SDPO of Bolpur, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Nihar Ranjan Roy, the circle inspector of Krishnaganj in Krishnanagar police district, was made the new inspector in charge of the Murshidabad police station, replacing Atish Das, the order said.

    Das was moved to the Police Directorate, it added. The Election Commission has been making a slew of transfers as the state voted.

  • April 26, 2021 / 02:48 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | JP Nadda accuses Mamata of misleading people on Covid vaccination

    BJP president J P Nadda Monday accused Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee of misleading people of West Bengal on various issues, ranging from "insider-outsider" to Covid vaccination during the campaigning for the assembly elections in the state. Nadda also asserted his party had upheld the culture
    and legacy of Bengal as against the insulting language adopted by Banerjee against the BJP leadership.

    "During the campaign for the eight-phase elections, which comes to an end on Monday, Mamata Banerjee has made all efforts to mislead the people of Bengal and to instigate them using issues like insider-outsider and culture," he said addressing a virtual public meeting here.

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  • April 26, 2021 / 02:17 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Voters await their turn to cast vote at Polling Station No 11 (Habinagar Primary School) under 47-Malatipur Assembly Constituency of Malda District

  • April 26, 2021 / 01:46 PM IST

    West Bengal Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | 55.12 percent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in 34 assembly seats where polling is underway in seventh phase

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