'With the decline of the Congress and the BJP less than welcoming, it is the regional parties that are offering them (minority politicians) the opportunity to win elections from general constituencies.'
The day two of his clients tasted victory, Kishore said he would quit election strategising and did not rule out a future in direct electoral politics.
TMC looks set to retain power in West Bengal with its candidates leading in 205 of the 292 seats that went to the polls.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is ahead in 205 of the 292 seats that went to polls in West Bengal. The BJP trailing far behind with 80 seats.
The was ahead in 202 of the 292 seats that went to polls in West Bengal, way over the halfway mark of 147, leaving the BJP trailing far behind in 77 seats.
ECI has directed CS of all 5 states to file FIR in each such case, suspend SHO of the concerned PS and report action taken immediately of each such incidence.
Belying expectations of a tight contest, the TMC candidates appeared galloping to victory, and, if the current trends hold, the party will easily form its third successive government in the state.
The two parties were locked in a neck-and-neck contest in the initial stages of counting.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in view of the serious coronavirus situation in the country, the party's spokespersons will not participate on the TV debates after poll results are out.
The exercise is underway in 108 counting centres spread across the 23 districts of the state, where a three-tier security arrangement has been put in place.
These are key contenders and constituencies to watch in Assam, as poll results start coming in tomorrow.
With the exit polls speculating on the election results of four states and one union territory, in this edition of Political Bazaar, Moneycontrol's Opinion Editor Viju Cherian discusses and analyses the various projections with senior journalist Shekhar Iyer and D Dhanuraj, the chairman of the Centre for Public Policy Research.
Of the 13 candidates against whom FIRs were lodged, six are from Birbhum district.
West Bengal is next scheduled to go to polls on April 26
Assembly Election 2021 Highlights: Voting took place in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6, while voters in Assam cast their votes in three phases. The next phase of voting in West Bengal will happen on April 17. Catch the latest updates of the poll campaign here
The decision came after four people were killed in the district as central forces opened fire allegedly when they were attacked by locals who "attempted to snatch their rifles" during the fourth phase of voting on April 10
The incident took place in Sitalkuchi area when voting was underway, a senior district police officer said.
Voting is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in nine seats in Howrah district, 11 in South 24 Parganas, five in Alipurduar, nine in Cooch Behar and 10 in Hooghly
West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where high-stakes electoral battles are underway, together contribute 23.9% in gross collections of national small savings, according to latest available data. Assembly elections give small savers a reprieve from interest rate cut.
In a complaint to the Election Commission (EC), Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Mukul Wasnik sought directions and action against top BJP leaders for giving advertisements in newspapers claiming victory in all upper Assam seats.
According to a March 2009 rule by the EC, polling agents who are appointed by the contesting candidates shall have to be electors in the same polling stations or from neighbouring polling stations falling in the same constituency.
Banerjee is pitted against her former protege and now the BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, the springboard that propelled her to power in 2011, dislodging the Left Front from power after a 34-year unbroken rule.
Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: The first phase of voting in Assam and West Bengal is underway
The BJP nominee, on his part, said the "TMC workers had hurled stones at saffron party activists".
The resignation comes after Swapan Dasgupta was named as a BJP candidate for the West Bengal assembly elections.